Discovering Science Through Inquiry: Matter Kit

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  • Grade: 3-8
  • Interest Level: 2-10
  • Item: 10799
  • ISBN: 9780743907996
  • Language: English

The Discovering Science through Inquiry series provides teachers and students of grades 3-8 with direction for hands-on science exploration around particular science topics and focuses. The series follows the 5E model (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate). The Matter kit provides a complete inquiry model for the exploration of the structure and properties of matter through supported investigation. Encourage students through activities such as studying the chemical properties of matter and investigating whether household items are acids and bases.

Matter kit includes:

  • 16 Inquiry Cards in print and digital formats
  • Teacher's Guide
  • Inquiry Handbook (Each kit includes a single copy; additional copies can be ordered)
  • Digital resources include PDFs of activities and additional teacher resources, including images and assessment tools; leveled background pages for students; and video clips to support both students and teachers

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Series highlights include:

  • 16 Inquiry Cards in print and digital formats
  • Teacher's Guide with lessons that follow the 5E model of instruction
  • One Inquiry Handbook (Each kit includes a single copy; additional copies can be ordered.)
  • Digital Resources
  • Videos
Discovering Science Through Inquiry: Matter Kit

Teacher's Guide

Provide teachers with an engaging and interesting way to present science concepts to students that follow the 5E model of instruction. In addition to providing students rich, scientific experiences, teachers are provided with background and additional information about each topic covered within the kit so that they can provide accurate content-related instruction to students. Each kit focuses on a specific scientific concept and provides 16 lessons that support the instruction of that concept.

Teacher's Guide

Inquiry Handbook

Following the 5E model of instruction - engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate - the Inquiry Handbook guides students through the exploration of scientific concepts to help them achieve success. This handbook features background information for each topic, hands-on activities and experiments, and science journal pages. Graphic organizers and vocabulary-development activities help students better understand the scientific concepts - important for English language learners and below-level students.

Inquiry Cards

Scientific Inquiry Cards are provided to encourage students to delve into the topic and build on the concepts they have learned, making connections to other related concepts and new situations. These colorful Inquiry Cards provide students with rich extension opportunities, including writing activities, leveled questions, and scientific research activities.

Teachers receive step-by-step procedures for using the cards with students, as well as inquiry discussion questions, and a differentiation section with suggestions for using leveled questions.

Digital Resources

Digital resources include:

  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Student reproducible pages
  • Digital copies of both sides of the Inquiry Cards
  • Alternative versions of the student background information written at additional reading levels
  • Videos to help engage students or supplement their understanding of the science concepts being studied


Each kit includes 8 video clips to aid in the introduction of challenging science concepts and encourage discussion.

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