Classroom Resources: States of Matter
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Melting Point, Phase Changes, Phase Diagram, Molecular Motion, Calorimetry, Heat, Specific Heat, Temperature, Intermolecular Forces, Heating Curve, Boiling Point, Law of Conservation of Energy | High School
The AACT high school classroom resource library and multimedia collection has everything you need to put together a unit plan for your classroom: lessons, activities, labs, projects, videos, simulations, and animations. We constructed a unit plan using AACT resources that is designed to teach the Phase Changes and Heat Transfer to your students.
Phase Changes, Radiation, Half Lives, Radioactive Isotopes | High School
In this activity students will investigate the idea that carbon dating is based on gathering evidence in the present and extrapolating it to the past. Students will use a simple graph to extrapolate data to its starting point and then pool the data to make a graph that simulates half-life. Students will be introduced to solving mathematical problems that involve half-life.
Phase Changes, Intermolecular Forces | High School
In this activity, students will be able to explore and explain behaviors of liquids and solids based on the individual particles in the states of matter
Phase Changes, Molecular Motion | High School, Middle School
In this simulation, students will participate in a 10 question quiz. Some questions will challenge students to analyze data to identify the correct state of matter for a specific sample, and then connect the chosen state with an animated particle diagram. In addition, students will examine the behavior of particles in an animated sample as they undergo a phase change, and must correctly identify the change that occurs.
Density, Phase Changes, Specific Heat, Exothermic & Endothermic | High School
In this lab, students will design and build a device capable of insulating an ice cube submerged in boiling water for two minutes. In this open-ended inquiry based activity, students will be required to critically think about structure and function of the materials they wish to use to build a device to solve a complex real-world problem. Students must consider the thermal properties of the materials, density, and the need to form a non-permeable barrier between the ice cube and the boiling water.
Mixtures, Melting Point, Freezing Point, Phase Changes, Freezing Point Depression | Middle School, High School
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.
Phase Changes, Elements, Mixture | High School
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.
Freezing Point, Phase Changes, Freezing Point Depression | High School, Middle School
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.
Melting Point, Freezing Point, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Heat, Temperature, Exothermic & Endothermic, Intermolecular Forces, Heating Curve, Graphing | High School
In this lab, students will create a phase change graph by adding and removing heat to observe and record data during actual phase changes.
Separating Mixtures, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Distillation, Boiling Point, Conservation of Matter, Mixtures | High School
In this lab, students will see the distillation procedure using a common soft drink and a simple equipment setup.
Observations, Phase Changes, Combustion | High School
In this lab, students accumulate observations of a candle including a look at the combustion reaction's reactants and products.