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  • Standard Area - TECH: Learning Standards for Technology
    (see MST standards under Previous Standard Versions)
            • Introduction - MST4.E.PS3.Introduction:
              Students should describe, categorize, compare, and measure observable physical properties of matter and objects. Students’ initial efforts in performing these processes may yield simple descriptions and sketches, which may lead to increasingly more detailed drawings and richer verbal descriptions. Things can be done to materials to change their properties, but not all materials respond in the same way to what is done to them. Younger students emphasize physical properties while older students will recognize chemical changes. Appropriate tools can aid students in their efforts.
              • Major Understandings - MST4.E.PS3.1a:
                Matter takes up space and has mass. Two objects cannot occupy the same place at the same time.
              • Major Understandings - MST4.E.PS3.1b:
                Matter has properties (color, hardness, odor, sound, taste, etc.) that can be observed through the senses.
              • Major Understandings - MST4.E.PS3.1c:
                Objects have properties that can be observed, described, and/or measured: length, width, volume, size, shape, mass or weight, temperature, texture, flexibility, reflectiveness of light.
              • Major Understandings - MST4.E.PS3.1d:
                Measurements can be made with standard metric units and nonstandard units.
                (Note: Exceptions to the metric system usage are found in meteorology.)
              • Major Understandings - MST4.E.PS3.1e:
                The material(s) an object is made up of determine some specific properties of the object (sink/float, conductivity, magnetism). Properties can be observed or measured with tools such as hand lenses, metric rulers, thermometers, balances, magnets, circuit testers, and graduated cylinders.
              • Major Understandings - MST4.E.PS3.1f:
                Objects and/or materials can be sorted or classified according to their properties.
              • Major Understandings - MST4.E.PS3.1g:
                Some properties of an object are dependent on the conditions of the present surroundings in which the object exists. For example:
                • temperature - hot or cold
                • lighting - shadows, color
                • moisture - wet or dry
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