States of Matter 2nd Grade STEM Activity and Experiments

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Used these labs for at-home STEM activities for our virtual students. Instructions are easy to follow and lab sheets encourage intention thinking from students.


Experiment with solids and liquids using these States of Matter STEM Activities & Experiments. These states of matter worksheets include 5E lesson plans, states of matter activities, and a BONUS states of matter quiz.

Science Inquiry Lessons Include:

  1. Measuring Volume Lab
  2. Measuring Weight Lab
  3. Liquids Lab
  4. Solids Lab
  5. Changing Matter Lab
  6. Melting Matter Lab
  7. Freezing Matter Lab
  8. Cooling Liquids Lab
  9. Sorting Matter Lab
  10. Solids and Liquids Observations
  11. Chocolate Milk Experiment

This resource is broken into 3 lessons. Each lesson takes about one week.

The target skills and topics include:

  • Students can give examples of matter that change from a solid to a liquid and from a liquid to a solid by heating and cooling.
  • Students can describe the properties of solids and liquids and give examples of both solids and liquids.
  • Students can measure and compare the volume of a liquid poured into different containers.
  • Students will know if the water is turned into ice and then the ice is allowed to melt, the amount of water is the same as it was before freezing.

Each lesson includes:

  • Teacher Page
  • 5E Lesson Plan
  • STEM Challenge
  • Inquiry Based Science
  • Experiment

In each lesson students will:

  • Write
  • Inquire
  • Collaborate
  • Organize
  • Read

Materials needed:

  • cups
  • tape
  • craft sticks
  • editable liquids such as juice/soda
  • access to a freezer
  • corn starch
  • flour
  • glue
  • gelatin
  • salt
  • spoons
  • water
  • tin pans
  • plastic wrap
  • foil
  • thermometers (optional)

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States of Matter PowerPoints and Quizzes

States of Matter Task Cards

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Total Pages
41 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit, or by making repeated measurements of the same object. Show the measurements by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in whole-number units.
Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.


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