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Students investigate the properties of matter. In this properties of matter lesson, students observe containers of different metals and discuss their properties including density. Students find the density of an unknown metal and of irregular objects. They experiment to show diffusion in liquids, polarity in liquids and they examine the physical properties of ionic and molecular solids. They conclude the lesson investigating bond types and physical properties in solids.
Fourth graders expand their knowledge about the physical properties of matter and how those properties can be changed. Students are given multiple opportunities, using first-hand experiences and familiar objects in different contexts, to identify characteristics of a physical change.
Fourth graders identify characteristics of a simple physical and chemical change. They describe objects by the properties of the materials from which they are made and that these properties can be used separate. Students describe the physical properties of ingredients used to make ice cream.
Young scholars investigate the physical properties of a rather peculiar substance commonly known as slime. They devise and carryout a procedure for testing the effect of varying concentrations of either the poly(vinyl alcohol) or the borax solution on slime. Teacher guide available at website.
Students observe a teacher demonstration o classifying matter by its physical properties of shape and size. After discussing the definition of matter, students describe the state of matter. They sing a song to the tune of "Bingo." In groups, students participate in a marshmallow experiment to explore the study of solids, liquids, and gases.
Students use a Venn Diagram to classify rocks by markings and size and allows them to locate similarities and differences in the physical properties of rocks. They also use sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic, as well as the color and texture characteristics to sort the rock samples.
Learners simulate the greenhouse effect using a group activity. In this physical science lesson, students discuss the possible effects of greenhouse gases in the environment. They analyze a graph of projected community temperature and discuss ideas about using alternative forms of energy.
Students receive a miniature pumpkin and proceed through several stations to measure a variety of physical properties. The data is entered into a data sheet and the mass and volume measurements are used to calculate density. They also use the information to create different graphs to determine whether there is any correlation between the different physical properties.
Students explore the concept of physical properties using a Venn diagram. In this classifying lesson, students compare provided objects by shape, size, and color. They then explore collecting and organizing objects of their own. Students are assessed by classifying soil samples at the conclusion of the lesson.
Students observe water change from a liquid to a gas state when heated and then return to its liquid stage when cooled. They learn that gas molecules move faster than liquid molecules. They discover physical properties that describe how water reacts, feels, looks, and that those properties change when heat is applied or taken away.