You’re going to love this unit on Matter! Tested materials with a group of 2nd and 3rd grade students, but could be used with advanced 1st grade or as a review or easy assignment for 4th grade.
It includes fun experiments, no-prep worksheets, word of the day and word cards. Includes a lot of literacy (reading, writing and word work). Main topics include matter safety, solids/liquids/gasses, changing matter, properties of matter, assessment and a few extras.
Here’s what’s included:
Matter Unit Pre-Test: Students answer simple questions to test their previous matter knowledge.
Safety with Solids and Liquids: In a chart, students are given a safety symbol and write down the meaning and example. Great as homework or a research assignment too.
Safety with Solids and Liquids 2: Students match the safety symbol to it’s meaning by drawing a line.
Safe and Hazardous Materials: Given a picture of an everyday object, students decide whether the material is safe or hazardous. Great for discussion (ex. How detergent pods look like candy but are not edible, or how soap is not edible but is safe for skin).
Solids, Liquids and Gases
All About Matter: A quick read that discusses three basic states of matter – solid, liquids and gases.
Science Journal: Science Journals are paragraph writing assignment. This one is about matter in your home.
Science Journal: Matter in your lunch box.
Solids, Liquids and Gases: Students look at the picture and decide if it’s a solid, liquid or gas.
Solids, Liquids and Gases: Students go on a hunt around the classroom or outside to search for the three basic states of matter. Includes a chart to fill out observations and two conclusion questions.
Describing Matter: Students look at a picture, and determine how they could describe that matter (see, feel, taste, smell, or it takes up space). Also includes four questions to determine what type of matter an object is.
Experiment – Melting Ice: Experiment where students melt ice on a paper towel and a glass to determine which material holds the water better. Includes introduction, predictions, materials, methods, observations, and conclusions. Students fill out the prediction, observations and conclusions sections.
Experiment – Making Solids from Liquids: Experiment where students see how long different liquids take to freeze in a freezer. Includes introduction, predictions, materials, methods, observations, and conclusions. Students fill out the observations and conclusions sections.
All About Condensation: Quick read explaining condensation, with four questions about condensation (three multiple choice and one explanation). Great as a quick “exit card” type assessment.
Experiment – Observing Condensation: Experiment where students take a can of soda out of the freezer to see condensation. Includes introduction, materials, methods, observations, and conclusions. Students fill out the observations and conclusions sections.
All About Evaporation: Quick read explaining evaporation with three questions about evaporation (two multiple choice and one explanation). Great as a quick “exit card” type assessment.
Heating and Cooling Matter: Students look at the pictures and draw what happens when the pictures combine. For example, a picture of a snowman plus a picture of a sun, will equal a puddle of water. Includes three written response questions as well about changing matter.
All About Mixtures: A quick read about mixtures and a mini-matching assignments where students match an example to the type of mixture it is (two liquids, a solid and a liquid, a gas an liquid).
A Little About Reactions: A quick read about reactions and a fill in the blank mini-assignment where students fill-in-the blank.
Matter in the Kitchen: A short answer, long answer, and circle the answer assignment about matter in the kitchen.
Science Journal: Matter changing in the kitchen.
Science Journal: Matter that are combinations of different types of matter.
Science: Matter in humans.
Water Quiz: Students fill in the blanks, using a word bank (evaporation, condensation, melting, freezing, liquid, solid).
Properties of Matter
Properties of Liquids: Students test different liquids and fill out columns in a chart (name of liquid, how the liquid looks, how the liquid pours, how the liquid is absorbed by paper towels).
All About Viscosity + Viscosity Racecourse + Teacher’s Guide: Students test different liquids on an “S” racecourse. Includes a viscosity quick read too.
The Great Boat Challenge: Two boat design recording sheets and teacher’s guide, and writing page to write about what makes a good boat design.
All About Floatation: Quick read about floatation and four multiple choice questions.
Experiment – Floating and Sinking: Experiment where students see if objects float or sink. Includes introduction, prediction, materials, methods, observations, and conclusions. Students fill out the prediction, observations and conclusions sections.
Experiment – Floating and Sinking: Experiment where students see if how many coins various boat shaped objects can hold before sinking. Includes prediction, materials, methods, observations, and conclusions. Students fill out the prediction, observations and conclusions sections.
All About Absorbency: A quick read about absorbency.
Absorbency Test: Students test the absorbency of different materials, and then check off the correct column (absorbent, somewhat absorbent, not absorbent).
Science Journal: Designing an umbrella.
Science Journal: Designing a tool to dry off a dog.
A Little About the Transparency of Objects: A quick read and matching activity.
Matter – A Final Test + Teacher Guide: Students watch their teacher make “Glurch” and then answer questions about the material which focus on the topics learned in the unit (type of matter, transparency, absorption, mixture, viscosity, buoyancy, safety, changing shape).
Matter – A Final Quiz: Students match the word to the definition.
Matter Word Cards: Large word cards, word list and ideas on how to use them (for all terms introduced in the unit).
Word of the Day: 10 “Word of the Day” worksheets, which are perfect as bell work (melt, freeze, evaporation, condensation, gas, liquid, solid, matter, transparent, opaque).
List of Extra Ideas