Mystery Matter Lab

Fifth graders at the James H Bean School have been working hard learning about the properties of matter. Students participated in a Mystery Matter Lab, where they identified a number of properties about a mystery substance and designed ways to test for that property. Some of these mystery materials were commonly used matter such as salt, sugar, pasta, vanilla extract, and a paperclip. Other materials were a little less well known like powdered milk, molasses, lemon extract, wood pellets, and flax seed! 

Once students created a list of unique properties for their mystery substance, they had to find another mystery material based on someone else’s observations. They put their compare and contrast skills to the test as well – looking at the similarities and differences of their Mystery Matter. They learned that matter has unique properties, and that these properties can be used to identify an unknown substance. #WeAreRSU18

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