States of Matter Activity

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Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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9 printable worksheets, 19 slides plus instructions and tips and tricks
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Teach the three states of matter to your science students using this print and digital science text. Students will understand the characteristics and properties of a solid, liquid, and gas as they answer guided reading and overall comprehension questions.

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Students will learn:

  • What matter is - a definition for each state
  • Characteristics and properties of each phase (volume, shape, and molecules)
  • How matter can change with temperature

This states of matter lesson include:

  • Teacher instructions to distribute this lesson to your students through your preferred learning management system, such as Google Classroom or Schoology.
  • Nine-page printable packet
  • Links to the digital activity
  • Answer key

How to use this lesson in your classroom:

- Use this states of matter science text to introduce the three phases of matter to your students. Choose to read this aloud as a whole class lesson allowing students time to stop and independently answer the check-in questions or have students work in small groups to read and answer the science text.

- This science lesson can be used with a substitute. Need sub plans? This lesson can easily be left with a substitute, allowing students to review solid, liquid, and gas characteristics.

- Homework assignment: Try a flipped-classroom approach by assigning the science text for homework to build background knowledge on phases of matter.

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This lesson will help prepare students to meet NGSS 5-PS1-1.

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9 printable worksheets, 19 slides plus instructions and tips and tricks
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
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 to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. Examples of evidence could include adding air to expand a basketball, compressing air in a syringe, dissolving sugar in water, and evaporating salt water. Assessment does not include the atomic-scale mechanism of evaporation and condensation or defining the unseen particles.


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