STATES PHASES OF MATTER – CLOSE READING, INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK ENTRY, WORKSHEET, CROSSWORD
Teaching your students states or phases of matter doesn’t have to be intimidating or overwhelming. This engaging lesson makes the concept of phases of matter easy for you and fun for your students!
This states of matter lesson is a perfect way to engage students and add a useful entry into their interactive notebooks or science journals! I’ve found that my students really benefit from the close reading and graphic organizer, especially around test time. This lesson incorporates various activities to engage multiple learning styles. Perfect as a lesson for 4th or 5th grade students or a review for junior high students.
Students read an engaging passage with graphics explaining each state of matter, (solid, liquid, and gas) with a brief mention of plasma. Then they complete a graphic organizer worksheet covering many different real world examples of different types of phases of matter and the characteristics of each.
A full answer key for all pages is included along with teacher suggestions.
- 11 pages of content
- Close reading covering the different phases of matter. Passage is sized for both full-sized science notebooks and smaller interactive notebooks. Interactive notebook version includes dotted lines for easy cutting and pasting.
- Two page states of matter graphic organizer worksheet perfect for classwork or homework.
- Three versions of a phases of matter crossword puzzle covering key vocabulary. Versions include two full page puzzles, one with a word bank and one without, and a half sheet version that prints two puzzles on one page. Perfect if you’re trying to conserve paper or reduce the number of copies you need!
- Full teacher keys
- Teacher suggestions for additional online resources to supplement the lesson.
HOW I’VE USED THE LESSON IN MY CLASSROOM
I use this close reading and graphic organizer worksheet as a key component of my physical science unit and for further review of key vocabulary.
Approximately one to two class periods in length (as a point of reference, I teach a 50-minute class). I generally have my students first read the passage and then complete the worksheet.
If we have time I allow students to do the crossword puzzle as classwork. I like to add the close reading and crossword puzzle to my students’ interactive notebooks. I find the definitions in the crossword puzzle and the close reading to be very useful for review before test time.
We generally complete all the activities and add the graphic organizer and crossword puzzle to their interactive notebooks in two days. Created by Mister Science
FOR MY FELLOW TEXANS
I use this lesson to support Texas TEKS 5.5 “Matter and energy. The student knows that matter has measurable physical properties and those properties determine how matter is classified, changed, and used.
However, this lesson would work well in any classroom that cover phases of matter.
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