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The three states of matter are the focus of this chemistry video. Sal uses the example of a water molecule, and explains in great detail what forces are present to make that molecule change back and forth between a liquid, a solid, and a gas. Of course, the temperature that the molecule is exposed to is the most important factor, but the molecular changes that take place are what he really goes into here.
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. Very good instructional activity for early elementary scientists!
Delv into the states of Matter. Students engage in the scientific inquiry process to uncover the exciting world of Matter. They watch a series of videos, and conduct experiments in order to collect and analyze data on the various state of matter. This instructional activity included video links, web links, rubric, and all printable materials needed.
First graders define matter and its states. In this states of matter instructional activity, 1st graders recognize different objects as matter. Students record characteristics of one type of matter in their journals. Students look at the different states of water. Students will pair-share, and create a trifold diagram of the states of matter.
Students discuss a given set of questions based on Chemistry and matter and review a glossary of terms. They conduct experiments on each state of matter: "Dry ice and water, Dry ice and soap and Dry ice and Isopropyl Alcohol." and describe the characteristics of each state and their reactions.
Third graders investigate the three states of matter and the properties of materials as they undergo physical changes. They identify examples of each type of matter, role-play atoms in solids, liquids, and gases, and conduct an experiment with a balloon that expands using baking soda and vinegar.
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. Finally, evaporation, condensation, and vaporization are explained with simple animations. Slide seven might be better used later in the presentation, and is easily moved if you are familiar with using PowerPoint.