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[Channel-talkphysicalsci] What is Matter?

From: Walsleben, Chris <>
Date: Fri Aug 08 2008 - 18:25:38 EDT

I?m currently taking the Essential Science for Teachers, Physical Science workshop on-line. My first homework assignment includes:
How does the question, What is Matter? apply to my curriculum?

In my 8th grade Physical Science class we teach that objects have many observable properties including size, weight, shape, color, temperature, and the ability to react with other substances. Students measure those properties using rulers, balances and thermometers. These properties can be used to separate or group objects. The different state of matter are solid, liquid and gas (plasma is also mentioned). I assume that by the time students reach 8th grade they already know what matter is. My notes do not even include the definition of matter. After viewing the first video session of the workshop Essential Science for Teachers, Physical Science, I think they should. The definition of matter is the foundation of the question what are the types of matter as well as how can we classify matter?

How does the question, What is Matter? apply to your curriculum?

Thanks, Chris

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