PhET States of Matter for 5th Grade * 5-PS1-1

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5th
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Description

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.

Review:

  • 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."

Students should be given the opportunity to explore/observe particle motion in the real world before completing this activity.

This is a Google Folder that contains all of the following:

  • Google Slides™️ Student Sheet
  • PDF Versions of
    • 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.

Standards Alignment:

  • 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.
  • Developing and Using Models (Science and Engineering Practice)
  • Asking Questions (Science and Engineering Practice)
  • Cause and Effect (Crosscutting Concept)

***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

http://phet.colorado.edu

Total Pages
5 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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Standards

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NGSS5-PS1-1
Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. Examples of evidence could include adding air to expand a basketball, compressing air in a syringe, dissolving sugar in water, and evaporating salt water. Assessment does not include the atomic-scale mechanism of evaporation and condensation or defining the unseen particles.

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