Use an ice balloon, a water balloon, and a transparent balloon to introduce or review the states of matter. This is important information for students who are learning about the water cycle and students learning about physical properties of physical change.
Use a cup of ice water to demonstration condensation and then set the cups aside to learn about evaporation.
Here’s what’s included to make it easy to teach these topics:
⇒ Brief, easy-to-read teacher background
with a link to more information and resources;
⇒ Clear description
of the teacher demonstration, how students can act out each state of matter, an option to compare and contrast the states of matter, a simple activity about condensation and one for evaporation;
, PowerPoint™ presentations
*, and fun videos
feature solids, liquids, and gases;
⇒ A student text
with three reading levels in English and two in Spanish, all are recorded for students who benefit from hearing the information;
⇒ Several suggestions for assessing
student understanding for each of the two parts of the lesson: quick, pencil and paper, for the struggling student, and for the capable student;
⇒ Curriculum connections
to extend the learning into other areas like math, writing, health, art, and drama.
This resource can be used to support teaching NGSS 2-PS1-1*, 2-PS1-4◊, and 5-PS1-3♦.
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* 2-PS1-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
◊2-PS1-4. Construct an argument with evidence that some changes caused by heating or cooling can be reversed and some
♦5-PS1-3. Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.