States of Matter Activities

Teaching Muse
Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • PDF
20 pages
Share this resource
Teaching Muse
Also included in
  1. Teach your students all about the three states of matter using this hands-on, print, and digital science unit. Your students will learn about solid, liquid, and gas substances, their characteristics, and how temperature changes states of matter. In addition to science text worksheets to help teach t
    Save $6.45
  2. Looking for a science curriculum to last all school year that will help you teach your physical science, life science, Earth science, and chemistry units? Check out everything this science curriculum has to offer. This year-long science curriculum includes science texts, hands-on activities, classro
    Save $78.06
  3. Teach your students about chemistry using these materials that will allow students to read to learn about chemistry concepts and practice what they learned. This Chemistry Bundle includes states of matter, physical and chemical changes, atoms, elements, and the periodic table. This chemistry bundle
    Save $25.15


Illustrate states of matter concepts using these 8 demonstration or lab activities to teach about properties and changing states of matter. Students will learn about phases of matter, mass, density, changing states of, and characteristics of a solid, liquid, and gas using the eight demonstrations or collaborative activities in your science classroom.

Like these states of matter experiments? Check out the unit and save 20% by clicking here.

Students will learn:

  • about the properties of a solid, liquid, or gas
  • how matter changes

States of Matter activities include:

  • Raisins on the Move: Students will view a solid, liquid, and gas and explain how they relate to one another (raisins in soda)
  • What State is It?: Students will determine which phase shaving cream is throughout three days
  • A Soapy State: How does the amount of molecules affect the soap
  • Soda Balloons: Illustrate how gas will expand to fill its container
  • Colorful State Changes: Observe how matter changes from one state to another with a change in temperature
  • Layers Matter: Determine how density can affect liquids
  • Air You in There?: This activity will show how air takes up space, even underwater
  • Does Air Have Mass?: Students will measure the mass of two objects to measure the amount of mass air has

Each states of matter activity includes:

  • Teacher instructions to complete each activity
  • Printable student worksheets
  • Answer key

How to use this activity in your classroom:

  • Use the demonstrations to help your students thoroughly understand the science concepts related to states of matter. For example, students will identify a substance as a solid, liquid, or gas.
  • As students learn about the different types of matter, choose an experiment to complement learning.
  • Introduce states of matter using these experiments.
  • Have students work in science stations to identify states of matter.

Check out this feedback from teachers.

  • This packet clearly lays out FOUR different experiments and makes teaching a breeze in the middle school classroom. I love how much scientific background knowledge is included and how clear it was to follow. Four more activities have been included!!

  • Highly engaging activities for young scientists! Thank you for also including all the information a teacher could need on why the experiments work! : )

  • My 5th grade started these labs yesterday and loved them! Very self-explanatory, allowing them to work alone without needing to ask questions every 5 minutes. They were able to connect subject material to each of the labs they performed.

  • These are so fun! I'm always looking for engaging TBL activities I can use for ESL. Thank you!

Other lessons and activities to support your phases of matter unit:

Kindly Note: If you have questions, do not hesitate in emailing me at Teaching Muse Email



Thank you for visiting Teaching Muse. I would love for you to become a follower. 

Teaching Muse followers receive new product information and discounts on any new items!


All rights reserved by Teaching Muse. This product is to be used by the original downloader ONLY. Copying for more than one teacher, classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited. Additionally, this product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view. Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). They are intended for classroom and personal use ONLY.

Total Pages
20 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
Report this Resource to TpT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TpT’s content guidelines.


to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed. Emphasis is on qualitative molecular-level models of solids, liquids, and gases to show that adding or removing thermal energy increases or decreases kinetic energy of the particles until a change of state occurs. Examples of models could include drawings and diagrams. Examples of particles could include molecules or inert atoms. Examples of pure substances could include water, carbon dioxide, and helium.
Measure and graph quantities to provide evidence that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling, or mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved. Examples of reactions or changes could include phase changes, dissolving, and mixing that forms new substances. Assessment does not include distinguishing mass and weight.


Questions & Answers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up