Union, NJ - Second grade students at Connecticut Farms Elementary were introduced to the concept of matter as observed in everyday life.  Matter is any substance that has mass and takes up space.  Through daily lessons and experiments, students learned the properties of matter and how matter is all around us.

At the conclusion of the unit, second grade teacher Annette Blanco brought in Ms. Sherman, a graduate student from Rutgers University.  Ms. Sherman conducted several experiments using dry ice to demonstrate the method of investigation.  These experiments helped to further instruct the students and helped them to gain further understanding of the concept.

“Using science experiments helps make learning about the states of matter easier and interesting,” said Blanco.  “Also through the experiments, students become interactive and experience something new.”