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Here students identify different states of matter in everyday classroom objects




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Title – Exploring States of Matter

By – Vanessa A.

Primary Subject – Science

Grade Level – 2-3


    Students will be able to identify types of matter in everyday objects around the classroom using observational skills and show this observation by recording data.


    1. Identifying everyday objects as solid, liquid or gas

    2. Making observations using the five senses

    3. Use note-taking skills correctly

    4. Use observational skills to make conclusions

    5. Record data on a provided chart


    Clipboards, charts (Appendix 3), pencils for each child, 10 objects around the classroom marked with numbers (solid, liquids, and gases), if possible get science lab goggles for each student

Anticipatory Set:

    Set up the classroom to look like a lab (lots of test tubes, scientific materials everywhere) and tell the students they need to immediately put on their professional scientist goggles. They are needed to complete a very important task B – there are some unidentified materials in the classroom!

Procedure for Activity:

    1. Draw this chart on the board for a reminder of the characteristics of solid, liquid, and gases, and ask students to help fill it in:


    Does it take

    up space?

    Is it visible?

    Can it change

    shape easily?

    Does it

    have weight?
    Solid Yes Yes No Yes
    Liquid Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Gas Yes No Yes Yes

    2. Hand out clipboards with the charts

    3. Tell the students to wander the laboratory, and they will notice certain objects marked with numbers.

    4. When they see the marked objects, they need to record information about the object, and then make a conclusion about what type of matter it is.

Formative Assessment:

    Walk around during the process and make sure students are on track. Ask questions to get the students thinking, such as “that looks like the molecules are moving pretty fast in that piece of matter” or “that piece of matter looks like it could change to a different shape when moved to a different container”.

Guided Practice:

    The guided practice would be the chart that the students complete while being scientists. Collect these from the students.


    Go over the chart on the board again, and review each of the ten pieces of matter. State what each one is and ask for reasons from the students why they chose it.


Vanessa A.


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