Classroom Resources: States of Matter
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Heat, Specific Heat, Phase Changes | Middle School, Elementary School
In this lab, students will think critically about the properties, structure and function of materials as they design and build a device used to insulate an ice cube to prevent it from melting.
Phase Changes, Melting Point, Heat | Elementary School
In this lesson, students will review what they know about the three states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas). They will perform a word sort about states of matter and discuss how substances can exist in more than one state of matter. Following this they will contribute to a KWL (Know, Want to know, Learned) chart. The teacher will conclude the lesson with a demonstration using chocolate.
Phase Changes, Boiling Point, Melting Point, Physical Properties | Elementary School, Middle School
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, Photosynthesis, Renewable Energy | Elementary School, Middle School
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
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
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.
Chemical Change, Reaction Rate, Reaction Rate, Phase Changes | Elementary School
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
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.
Matter, Physical Properties, Observations, Phase Changes | Elementary School
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.
Polymers, Chemical Change, Conservation of Matter, Phase Changes | Elementary School
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
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.
Phase Changes, Physical Properties, Molecular Motion, Introduction, Matter | Elementary School
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.
Chemical Change, Phase Changes, Combustion, Observations | Elementary School, Middle School
In this demonstration, students will observe that the vapor of an extinguished candle flame is ignitable.
Phase Changes, Physical Properties, Melting Point, Observations, Scientific Method | Elementary School
In this lab, students will investigate what factors can influence the change in state of matter from a solid to a liquid. They will have the opportunity to make a hypothesis and participate in the design and completion of an experiment.
Freezing Point, Solubility, Solute & Solvent, Phase Changes, Freezing Point Depression, Freezing Point, Physical Change, Physical Properties | Elementary School
In this lesson, students investigate how the freezing point of water changes when salt is added.
Freezing Point, Density, Freezing, Phase Changes, Melting Point, Molecular Motion, Physical Change, Physical Properties | Elementary School
In this lesson, students investigate how the density and therefore the volume, of water changes when it freezes.
Solubility, Solute & Solvent, Physical Change, Molecular Motion, Phase Changes, Reaction Rate | Elementary School
In this lesson, students learn that particles that make up matter are in constant motion.
Phase Changes, Physical Change, Observations, Temperature | Elementary School, Middle School
In this lab, students will explore the process of condensation. Students will investigate how water vapor condenses, and then they will conduct a comparison test to see if cooling water vapor has an effect on the rate of condensation.
Mixtures, Physical Change, Physical Change, Solute & Solvent, Phase Changes, Distillation, Introduction, Separating Mixtures, Interdisciplinary, Mixtures | Elementary School
In this lesson, students review important concepts of the water cycle and then design, test, and evaluate a working model of a desalination plant (a distiller).