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In a fun lesson, kids learn about states of matter by identifying solids and liquids, then experimenting with gas to see if it has energy. Young scientists place raisins in a jar of club soda to see how the gas affects the floating or sinking of the raisins.
2nd - 3rd English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
New Review The States of Matter
Start off class by simulating gases, liquids, and solids with a fun kinesthetic activity and then send your class off to create posters and complete stations that correspond with multiple intelligences. This is an interactive plan that will engage your pupils in their exploration of the states of matter.
5th - 8th Science
Physical Changes and States of Matter - One
Third graders study the three states of matter and identify the physical changes that take place between them. There is an initial teacher-led demonstration followed by a meaningful whole-class inquiry. These two activities should lead to a greater understanding of physical changes that take place between the three states of matter.
Energy and States of Matter
Characteristics of each state of matter are listed, the formulas for heating water are detailed, and values for boiling and heat of vaporization are presented. This simple slide show provides direct instruction as well as practice problems for young chemists.
8th - 12th Science
New Review Gases Matter
Young scientists learn that seeing isn't necessarily believing when it comes to the states of matter. After performing a fun class demonstration that models the difference between solids, liquids, and gases, children complete a series of investigations that involve measuring the mass of different gases.
1st - 8th Math CCSS: Adaptable
Plasma: The 4th State of Matter
Learn all about the fourth state of matter: plasma! What is plasma anyway? Plasma is what occurs when matter has been heated to an extreme state. Watch this well done clip and find out how it works, what it is, and how it's used. A great video for grades 6-9.
3 mins 6th - 9th Science
Solid, Liquid, and Gas
Delve into the differences among solids, liquids, and gases with this PowerPoint. It is both applicable and attractive. Large, colorful diagrams display the molecular arrangement of each state of matter and their properties are arranged in an easy-to-read chart.
4th - 10th Science
States of Matter
Students explore the states of matter. They discuss the different phrases of matter and categorize everyday substances as solids, liquids, or gases. Students explore the relationship between the phases on an atomic level and the role of kinetic energy in phase transitions.
7th - 12th Science
What Are the States of Matter?
While just a simple lesson exploring states of matter, it incorporates technology in a way to make this topic motivating. The lesson begins with a discussion of solids, liquids, and gases. Then learners move to the computer lab and complete projects in which they identify the different states of matter using pictures of objects.
Physical Changes and States of Matter - Two
Here's a wonderful lesson on how substances change states. Groups of learners are given trays with a chocolate bar, a piece of paper, an ice cube, and a balloon. During the activity, the groups closely observe the changes that each object goes through.
It's time to get a little silly with this fun primary grade science activity. By simply combining two liquids, white glue and corn starch, a strange solid is formed, commonly known as silly putty. To ensure everything goes smoothly, practice the activity prior to performing it in class, identifying any potential issues that may arise.
K - 2nd Science
States of Matter - Science Theater
Dr. Carlson describes the states of matter with the help of an ice cube, cup of water, and steam. He shows us how energy, such as heat, can change the state of matter. This clip uses scientific experimentation and academic language to explain how something can change from a liquid to a solid to a gas, and back again.
7 mins 4th - 8th Science
States of Matter: Gases
How are gases like liquids; how are they different? This clip demonstrates the state of matter called gas. We find out how the properties of gas are similar and different to the properties of liquid. An experimental demonstration and solid academic language makes this a great clip for grades 3-6.
5 mins 3rd - 6th Science
States of Matter: Solids
A solid has a definite shape and volume depending on what it's made of. Take a quick look at the chemistry that gives solids their shape and volume. This video in its entirety would be great; unfortunately, it ends prior to completely defining the solid state of matter.
2 mins 3rd - 6th Science