Physical Properties of Matter Activities | Solids, Liquids and Gases

Chloe Campbell
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4th - 6th
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Help your 4th, 5th and 6th grade students understand the properties of matter with these hands-on, highly engaging experiments and activities.  These physical properties of matter activities will help your students gain a deeper understanding into solids, liquids and gases and their properties. This 9 page resource includes foldable notes for the physical properties of matter (mass, volume, color, texture, temperature and magnetism), a recording sheet for a properties of matter investigation, a sorting activity, exit slips, a standards mastery checklist, and answer keys. You won’t need anything else to teach the properties of matter with this resource! Wondering what materials will be needed for this matter lesson? All materials are common household items and can probably be found around your house or classroom. This is to make life even easier on you!  View the Preview to see exactly what is included in this Properties of Matter resource.

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Physical Properties of Matter Activities for Solids, Liquids and Gases includes:

  • Teacher Directions Page
  • List of Materials Needed
  • Foldable Notes: Physical Properties of Matter (Mass, Volume, Color, Texture, Temperature, Magnetism)
  • Properties of Matter Investigation Recording Sheet
  • Properties of Matter Sorting Activity
  • Exit Slips: 3 options
  • Mastery Checklist
  • Answer Keys 

Physical Properties of Matter Activities covers the following standards:

  • NGSS: 5-PS1-3 Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. 
  • Florida Standards: 
    • SC.3.P.8.1 Measure and compare temperatures of various samples of solids and liquids. 
    • SC.3.P.8.2 Measure and compare the mass and volume of solids and liquids 
    • SC.3.P.8.3 Compare materials and objects according to properties such as size, shape, color, texture, and hardness. 
    • SC.4.P.8.1 Measure and compare objects and materials based on their physical properties, including: mass, shape, volume color, hardness, texture, odor, taste, attraction to magnets 
    • SC.5.P.8.1 Compare and contrast the basic properties of solids, liquids, and gases, such as mass, volume, color, texture, and temperature 
  • Texas Standard: SCI.5.5.A Matter and energy. The student knows that matter has measurable physical properties and those properties determine how matter is classified, changed, and used. The student is expected to: classify matter based on measurable, testable, and observable physical properties, including mass, magnetism, physical state (solid, liquid, and gas), relative density (sinking and floating using water as a reference point), solubility in water, and the ability to conduct or insulate thermal energy or electric energy

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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. Examples of materials to be identified could include baking soda and other powders, metals, minerals, and liquids. Examples of properties could include color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, and solubility; density is not intended as an identifiable property. Assessment does not include density or distinguishing mass and weight.


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