# The Great St. Patrick's Day Water Balloon Fight ~A Science Center Activity

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OBJECTIVE: To help students K-5 at home or in school enjoy learning about identifying the three basic states of matter.

ACTIVITY: No prep needed other than to print off copies of this short story about Lucky the Leprechaun and his friends trying to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a water balloon fight, until Leo spoils it with his misunderstanding of solids, liquids, and gases.

Print off and place the copies in your centers or whole group.

Use your students’ or child’s performance to determine which ones are ready to move on and which need to be pulled into small group for reteaching.

MATERIALS: Besides crayons or colored pencils to color their student artifact/evidence of learning, none, just print off enough copies of the activity that you need.

Printable student evidence/artifact of success included.

RESOURCE/TEXT: No text is necessary. However, the text used in this class comes from Science Fusion, a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt resource.

STUDENT EVIDENCE/ARTIFACT: “Happy St. Patty’s Day! ~ I Can Identify Objects as Solid, Liquid, or Gas!” Lucky the Leprechaun coloring sheet.

STANDARD & SKILL DEVELOPED:

KINDERGARTEN: SC.K.P.8.1 ~ Sort objects by observable properties, such as size, shape, color, temperature (hot or cold),
weight (heavy or light) and texture.

1ST-GRADE: SC.1.P.8.1 ~ Sort objects by observable properties, such as size, shape, color, temperature (hot or cold), weight (heavy or light), texture, and whether objects sink or float.

2ND-GRADE: SC.2.P.8.2~ Identify objects and materials as solid, liquid, or gas.

3RD-GRADE: SC.3.P.8.3 ~ Compare materials and objects according to properties such as size, shape, color, texture, and hardness.

4TH-GRADE: SC.4.P.8.2 ~ Identify properties and common uses of water in each of its states.

5TH-GRADE: SC.5.P.8.1 ~ Compare and contrast the basic properties of solids, liquids, and gases, such as mass, volume, color, texture, and temperature.

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