States of Matter

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Scientists have been studying exothermic reactions before they were cool. The instructional activity begins with a discussion and a demonstration of heat curves. Scholars then determine the heat of fusion of ice and the heat needed to boil water through experiments. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Experiment with the differences in salt water versus pure water with regard to freezing and boiling points
  • Take a field trip to an ice skating rink and discuss how the melting ice makes gliding possible
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson requires prior knowledge of the three states of matter and their physical descriptions
  • Freeze an ice cube with a temperature probe inside the day before the experiment
  • The second lesson in a series of eight
Pros

  • Provides many strategies for differentiation
  • Includes journal writing prompt and assessment questions
Cons

  • Does not include answer keys
Common Core