Gases Matter

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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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Add this collection of activities into a physical science lesson series on the states of matter
  • Take time before each experiment for students to discuss their predictions, making sure they support their ideas with clear reasoning
  • Use the scientific method to frame these experiments, working through each step as pupils uncover new knowledge about gases
Classroom Considerations

  • Create a materials center and establish a clear procedure for obtaining and returning materials prior to carrying out the investigations
Pros

  • Lesson plan and included worksheets are a Word document that teachers can modify to meet the specific needs of their students
  • Offers adaptations for performing this lesson in any elementary classroom
  • Includes both a simple and advanced version of the worksheet
  • Provides a list of other videos, books, and online resources about gases
Cons

  • None