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- This product is 2 pdf files, One that links to the google document which can be posted directly in google classroom. It is an excellent exploration activity for 5-PS1-1.Observing Matter Activity6 station cardsTeachers notesGraphic organizer for Crosscutting Concept ConnectionSample Answers9 Vocabu$3.00$6.00Save $3.00
This simulation guide helps students understand the states of matter at the particle level. Students are able to manipulate the variables that affect the state and understand this concept in a whole new way.
- Ana says "I love that the resource shows what students will see on the screen, that makes it more manageable for younger students. Thank you."
- Melissa says "This is perfect for my 5th graders. I only wish I had this resource sooner! Thank you."
- Michelle says "PhET labs are always a fun exploration time, and these questions helped to guide the students to the conclusions they needed."
***This requires that students have access to a Chromebook or other computer with internet access to complete the simulation***.
This is a 5 page pdf document that includes:
- Instruction sheet for teachers
- Instruction sheet for students in black and white and color
- Student observation sheet (can be printed at 70% to include in an interactive notebook).
- Sample student answer.
- 5-PS1-1: This standards does not specifically state that students should know about the difference in particles for the different states of matter, but asks them to develop a model that demonstrates that matter is made of particles.
- I recommend doing this as an extension/elaboration piece at the end of this instructional sequence.
- This simulation is specifically mentioned in the California Science Framework for Grade 5.
- Other Standards that mention states of matter:
***Students do not have to understand the atomic level composition of solids/ liquids or gasses. They should just know that particles make up matter, regardless of the state.***
PhET Interactive Simulations
University of Colorado Boulder