Changes in States of Matter Card Sorting Activity

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Elly Thorsen
Grade Levels
5th - 8th, Homeschool
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13 pages
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Great resource! My students worked in pairs and were actively engaged in the task. Would like to see deposition added. Thanks!
My students loved this activity and it was a great way to review without being too extensive. Great review and even a great assessment
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This activity has students sort cards into the changes in states of matter. (Freezing, melting, vaporization, condensation, and sublimation are included.) Kinesthetic learners, SPED students, and ELL students especially benefit from this sorting activity because they physically group the examples, which have both words and pictures. After students sort all of the cards, they record their answers on the worksheet and answer questions about changes in states of matter in sentences. Students can work individually or in small groups to complete this activity.

This resource includes the following materials:

-Teacher Information pages

-5 category cards (Freezing, Melting, Vaporization, Condensation, and Sublimation)

-5 definition cards

-5 cards showing the changes at the atomic level

-10 example cards with pictures

-4 blank cards for a possible extension activity

-Student Activity Sheet

-Teacher Key

Need a digital version of this card sort? Try my Changes in States of Matter BOOM Deck.

Read what teachers are saying about this card sorting activity:

“My students were completely engaged in this activity, and it helped them solidify their learning and mastery of these concepts. Thank you!”

“This is the perfection addition to my changing states of matter unit. It really pushes my students to do critical thinking and takes them away from the monotonous multiple choice questions.”

“Easy to use. I felt like my students got a lot out of this activity and I heard great discussion! Thanks!”

This card sort can be purchased alone but is also part of two different discounted packages.

--Package One: The Changes in States of Matter PACKAGE comes with interactive notebook pages, a poster project, a comic project, stations, this card sorting activity, a Boom Deck, worksheets, and an assessment.

--Package Two: The Physical Science Card Sorting Activity PACKAGE comes with this activity and three other card sorting activities.

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Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed. Emphasis is on qualitative molecular-level models of solids, liquids, and gases to show that adding or removing thermal energy increases or decreases kinetic energy of the particles until a change of state occurs. Examples of models could include drawings and diagrams. Examples of particles could include molecules or inert atoms. Examples of pure substances could include water, carbon dioxide, and helium.


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