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Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 45 minutes.

Group Size:
Large Groups


Matter, everything is made up of matter, what is it? How are things different if everything is made up of it? Review stages of matter for comparing and contrasting.

Samples of common solids, & liquids. Ice, water and means to create steam. Keyboard or recorded music samples to represent molecular action in solid, liquid and gas stages. Video: Matter: Liquids, Gases and Solids Access to internet:

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will recognize and identify solids, liquids and gases and understand the element of change between them.

Instructional Procedures:
Ask students what different objects are made of that you can hold up, describe or let them feel; allow discussion. Explain that everything is made up of matter. Explain molecules and their movement. Project on screen internet Go over each one asking for or giving samples of each. (Preview and edit the gas presentation, however.) Have students pretend to be molecules of each state. When all perform accurately, have them listen to music samples and decide what state of matter best matches that music pattern. When this is secure, have students correlate movement with the music; small groups could be creative in developing creative movements to represent each state. (Get teakettle of other water heating for steam) In dance, one can change from one state to another; ask if Matter can change from one state to another. Discuss and demonstrate with ice, water and steam. Discuss changes and what caused them. Is there any other item that can become all of these three states of matter. Use video: Matter: Liquids, Gases and Solids to view samples of changes. Pause to emphasize heat/temperature being the element of change. Graphics here help make movement of molecules more easily understood. (Go on to core objective: generate a list of objects made of mostly one kind of material.)

Creative writing for students to describe how molecules feel, an imaginary experience in each of the three different states, or experiences illustrating in writing how it feels changing from one to another.

Assessment Plan:
Observe movement of students in each of the states of matter. Individuals create a list of items in each of the different states. Assign, and have small groups create a list of items in that assigned state.


Created Date :
Apr 30 1999 16:38 PM

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