Title

Modeling the States of Matter in a First-Grade Classroom

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas

Volume

49

Issue

4

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Publication Date

12-2012

First Page

108

Last Page

116

Abstract

Scientific modeling along with hands-on inquiry can lead to a deeper understanding of scientific concepts among students in upper elementary grades. Even though scientific modeling involves abstract-thinking processes, can students in younger elementary grades successfully participate in scientific modeling? Scientific modeling, like all other aspects of scientific inquiry, has to be developed. This article clearly outlines how students in a first-grade classroom can develop and use scientific models to explain the properties and behaviors of solids, liquids, and gases in a unit on the states of matter.