Free PowerPoint to accompany downloadable unit:
The Unit Includes:
Third Grade unit on the “Three States of Matter: Solid, Liquid and Gas”.. The lesson consists of a student packet, teaching instructions and an experiment. It is an interactive and engaging cross curricular unit that blends the Common Core ELA Standards below with important Third Grade Physical Science Standards.
This is a free PowerPoint that accompanies my downloadable unit: Common Core Standards English/Science Third Grade through Fifth Grade Snowflake Science Activities.
Matter Snowflake Science Lesson
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Table of Contents:
What does it Matter: Standards and Teaching Procedures page 2
“Changing States of Matter Borax Crystal Experiment” Instructions page 3
Student Packet: A Lesson in Matter:” pages 4-12
•Compare and Contrast Template page 7
•“What is Snow” Snowman description and art page 8
•“Snowman Job Application” Critical Thinking page 9
•“Changing Stages of Matter: Experiment Observation” page 10
•“Essay on How to Make Crystals by Changing Matter page 11
Third Grade Physical Sciences
1. Energy and matter have multiple forms and can be changed from one form to another. As a basis for understanding this concept:
e. Students know matter has three forms: solid, liquid, and gas.
f. Students know evaporation and melting are changes that occur when the objects are heated.
Third Grade Common Core English Language Arts
Reading Standards for Informational Text, Grade 3
Key ideas and Details
1. Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
2. Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
3. Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures
in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence,
Craft and Structure
4. Determine the meaning of general academic and domain- specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
5. Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
6. Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
Text Types and Purposes
1. Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. (a through d inclusive).
Teaching Procedures Included in the Unit
2. Review the properties of matter using the student worksheet or the accompanying PowerPoint What Does it Matter?.
3. Divide students into pairs and have them read A Lesson in Matter and do the Compare and Contrast activity.
4. Show students the ingredients you will be working with to make your snowflakes and have students discuss, in pairs or groups, how the ingredients will help demonstrate the different stages of matter.
5. Have students begin the Changing States of Matter: Experiment Observation Sheet.
6. Explain to the students that they are going to watch matter change states. Prepare chart paper for your class to record their observations.
7. Pour the hot water into the jars. Slowly add the borax and allow students to stir their solutions. Stir the mixture until there are few crystals remaining at the bottom of the pan. Submerge the pipe cleaner shapes leaving the stem sticking out of the pan. Do not allow the pipe cleaner shaped to touch each other.
8. Throughout the day ask the children to observe and record their observations on their Observation sheet.
9. When there is a good growth of crystals remove the pipe cleaners and allow them to dry.
10. Have students complete Changing States of Matter: Experiment Observation Sheet.
11. Have students complete: __________________’s Essay on How to Make Crystals by Changing Matter.