5-PS1-3: Material Properties

Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. (Scale, Proportion, and Quantity)

Clarification Statement: Examples of materials to be identified could include baking soda and other powders, metals, minerals, and liquids. Examples of properties could include color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, and solubility; density is not intended as an identifiable property.

Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include density or distinguishing mass and weight.


The following assessments were created by science teachers hoping to better understand the NGSS. In most cases teachers went from standard to assessment in around an hour.  These are drafts and should be used accordingly. Feel free to improve these assessments or contribute to the collection. Learn more about assessment design here.




Material (e.g. metal, minerals, liquids)
Properties (e.g. color, hardness, reflectivity, conductivity, response to magnetic forces, solubility)
Scale, Proportion, and Quantity


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