Classroom Resources: States of Matter


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  • Molecular Motion, Physical Properties | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Categorizing States of Matter Mark as Favorite (96 Favorites)

    In this activity students will analyze both written statements and images that describe the properties of a solid, liquid or gas. Students will determine which state of matter the description best describes and categorize it accordingly.

  • Freezing Point Depression, Mixtures, Phase Changes, Freezing Point, Melting Point | High School, Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: How does Salt "Melt" Ice? Mark as Favorite (50 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will consider why salt is used to aide in snow clearing and to help keep icy roads safe. They will investigate how salt ‘melts’ ice and determine the best type of salt to do so. Additionally, students will explore the advantages and disadvantages of the various different types of salt.

  • Distillation, Physical Change, Separating Mixtures, Phase Changes | Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Distillation in Survival Mode Mark as Favorite (11 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will investigate methods for purifying water as they consider a survival based situation that requires clean drinking water. Students will investigate processes such as boiling and distillation, as well as review the phase changes within the water cycle.

  • Phase Changes, Elements, Mixtures | High School, Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Visualizing States of Matter Mark as Favorite (131 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will view, sort and classify pure substances and mixtures into the 3 common states of matter found in the laboratory. Students will also discuss their classification system with their teacher and peers.

  • Polymers, Phase Changes, Physical Properties | Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Changing a Monomer to a Polymer! Mark as Favorite (5 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will have the opportunity to see the complexity of the different phases of matter. This lab will allow students to investigate polymers and physical properties, while connecting these concepts to the phases of matter. Students will also better understand that some substances are not easily identified as a particular phase of matter and that some substances can have characteristics of more than one phase of matter.

  • Molecular Motion, Density, Density, Temperature | Elementary School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Observing Density of Gases and Liquids Mark as Favorite (1 Favorite)

    Students will learn about and discuss the behavior of a gas using examples of convection and an optional teacher-led demonstration. Students will then participation in a lab where they will investigate water currents by observing the results of mixing colored warm water with room temperature water. The lab will be followed by a discussion about the molecular activity of the water mixture.

  • Phase Changes, Boiling Point, Melting Point, Physical Properties | Elementary School, Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Investigating Water's States of Matter Mark as Favorite (1 Favorite)

    In this lesson, the students will identify properties of different states of matter, and then work in groups to model molecular arrangement in the solid, liquid, and gaseous states of water. This lesson will also help students to understand that the change in state as a physical change and how the solid state of water has unique properties.

  • Phase Changes, Physical Change | Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: I Can’t Believe It’s Butter! Mark as Favorite (7 Favorites)

    In this lab students will learn about the phases of matter and phase changes while making a small sample of butter.

  • Phase Changes, Photosynthesis, Renewable Energy | Elementary School, Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Mini Terrarium Mark as Favorite (4 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will learn that even the smallest spaces can have their own climate. They will create a miniature sized terrarium and will observe how sunlight enters in order to warm the air, and in turn heat the soil and seeds. Condensation will build up in the container and the students can observe the water cycle in action, as well as the growth of the seeds over time.

  • Physical Properties, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Matter, Phase Changes | Elementary School

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    In this activity students will observe the states of matter while making a root beer float. They will also discover the differences between a solid, a liquid and a gas.

  • Freezing Point, Phase Changes, Mixtures | Elementary School

    Lab: Coffee Creamer Ice Cream Mark as Favorite (11 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will investigate how dissolving salt (sodium chloride) in water changes the freezing point of the solution. While investigating this, they will make ice cream from small coffee creamer cups.

  • Ionic Bonding, Covalent Bonding, Melting Point, Molecular Structure | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Ionic vs. Covalent Compounds Mark as Favorite (143 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will compare two seemingly similar substances, salt and sugar. Through melting a sample of each substance and analyze of their chemical composition, students will draw conclusions regarding ionic and covalent compounds.

  • Phase Changes | Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Project: Sharing Matter Mark as Favorite (3 Favorites)

    In this project, students will design a lesson and activity about the states of matter to share with elementary school students. This project embraces the spirit of the famous quote by Roman philosopher Seneca: by teaching, we learn. In order to successfully teach one of the states of matter to younger students, each group must have advanced knowledge of the subject.

  • Chemical Change, Reaction Rate, Reaction Rate, Phase Changes | Elementary School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Demonstration: Plop & Fizz Investigation Mark as Favorite (1 Favorite)

    In the demonstration the teacher will perform a reaction between water and Alka-Seltzer in order to generate the release of carbon dioxide. Students will observe the chemical reaction, while timing the release of carbon dioxide and observe 3 states of matter. This will be repeated 3 times, each time increasing the number of tablets used.

  • Physical Properties, Density, Separating Mixtures, Matter, Culminating Project, Interdisciplinary, Phase Changes | Elementary School, Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: The Castaway! Mark as Favorite (13 Favorites)

    In this activity, students use their knowledge of the properties of matter to create and/or design items needed for survival on a deserted island.

  • Chemical Change, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Scientific Method, Melting Point, Phase Changes | Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: S'more Change Please Mark as Favorite (7 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will be able to demonstrate the difference between a physical and chemical change by making ooey, gooey, yet yummy S’mores!

  • Freezing Point, Phase Changes, Freezing Point Depression | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Freezing Ice Cream Mark as Favorite (40 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will investigate changing states of matter, chemical reactions, and the properties of ice and salt while creating their own ice cream.

  • Matter, Physical Properties, Observations, Phase Changes | Elementary School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Matter Can Taste Good! Mark as Favorite (0 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will be introduced to the general differences and organization of particles in each state of matter: solid, liquid and gas. They will have the opportunity to compare the samples and then will identify each state of matter during an edible activity.

  • Conservation of Mass, Chemical Change, Interdisciplinary, Culminating Project, Phase Changes, Chemical Change | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Project: Law of Conservation of Mass Comic Strip Mark as Favorite (24 Favorites)

    In this project, students will work in groups to create a comic strip that illustrates understanding of the law of conservation of mass.

  • Polymers, Chemical Change, Conservation of Matter, Phase Changes | Elementary School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Making Slime Mark as Favorite (2 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students explore the science behind chemical reactions as well as the processes used by chemical engineering principles to develop new materials. The idea that mixing two substances can result in an explosion, the release of gas, and the formation of an entirely new substance is both fascinating and mysterious to most young students.

  • Phase Changes, Physical Change, Melting Point, Introduction, Observations | Elementary School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Let's Get Physical About Water Mark as Favorite (0 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will learn about the phase changes of matter. During the course of two days students will perform several short experiments in order to change the state of water and they will record their observations.

  • Heat, Temperature, Specific Heat, Observations, Molecular Motion | High School, Middle School

    Activity: What Makes Something Feel Warm Mark as Favorite (53 Favorites)

    In this lesson students actively engage in thinking about energy issues in chemistry and the nature of energy (thermal) transfer. The idea that temperature is a measure of heat content will be challenged, and students will be given the opportunity to collect data that will allow them to clearly see that different materials transfer energy at different rates.

  • Temperature, Molecular Motion, Observations, Inferences | High School, Middle School

    Demonstration: What is Temperature? Mark as Favorite (55 Favorites)

    In this demonstration, students will observe food dye mixing with water at different temperatures.

  • Freezing Point, Phase Changes, Temperature, Physical Change | Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Lemon Ice Mark as Favorite (5 Favorites)

    This activity explores the interaction between salt and water (ice) as a way to further investigate their impact on the state of matter of a substance. Students will use salt and ice to create a slushy lemonade drink without the use of a freezer. They will learn through this hands-on experiment how salt and ice can rapidly cool a liquid.

  • Phase Changes, Physical Properties, Molecular Motion, Introduction, Matter | Elementary School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Introducing States of Matter Mark as Favorite (9 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will investigate particle behavior in different forms of matter: solid, liquid and gas. Students will have an opportunity to examine a model of the particles in the different states of matter and will also participate in a kinesthetic demonstration of matter. They will also learn what makes the states of matter different from one another when changing from one form to another.

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