This mini unit includes activities to help students build a conceptual understanding of states of matter and how molecules move within each. This is a rather abstract concept for young students, so providing hands on experiences where they can make observations and construct their own knowledge is the key to successful learning.
Activity 1: States of Matter Log: Students track the different states of matter they encounter in their lives. Turn it into a class contest to see who can list the most.
Activity 2: Movin’ Molecules Students explore how molecules move in solids, liquids, and gases. (Detailed lesson plan and student activity sheets and answer keys included.)
Activity 3: Witch’s Brew Students engage in a hands on activity using dry ice and dish soap to investigate sublimation. (Detailed teacher instructions and student activity sheet included.)
Activity 4: It’s a Solid, It’s a Liquid! Students engage in a hands on activity using a cornstarch and water mixture to investigate a colloid. Teacher directions and student activity sheet included.)
Activity 5: States of Matter Foldable Students create a foldable to help review vocabulary from the mini unit
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