Friday, February 10, 2012

What's the MATTER??

A few weeks ago we learned all about the states of matter (solids, liquids and gases). I created a unit for TpT and Teacher's Notebook including all the activities you will see in this post. Please check out my stores if you are interested in this unit! :)

We started out talking about the definitions of the states of matter and coming up with examples of each. My students recorded our ideas in their science journals using a chart:

The next day we chose different examples of solids, liquids and gases and talked about their properties. They drew examples in their science journals and listed the properties next to their drawings:

The week before, we went on a study trip to Culver's (a hamburger restaurant) to learn about how frozen custard is made. When we returned to school, the kids recorded how the custard starts as a liquid and is changed into a solid. We also talked about if you wait to long, the custard turns back into a liquid after it melts.

At the end of the week, we did an experiment to see how liquids can change. We poured orange juice into some cups and put them in the freezer. We predicted what state of matter it would be the next day. When we observed what happened the following day, they drew their observations in their science journal and then wrote about the experiment. The kids LOVED getting to eat their popsicles! :)

We also did a sorting activity and a Matter book where the kids got to categorize objects by their state of matter.

Hope you enjoyed my unit! If you are interested in buying it, please click on the picture below! :)


Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron said...

very cute- it's in my wishlist for next year! :)

Kirsten said...

Looks great! We will be doing matter in April, so I'm hoping to purchase it then! :)

Kirsten said...

Looks great! We will be doing matter in April, so I'm hoping to purchase it then! :)

jan said...

Looking forward for your next post. Thanks for sharing :)

Cindy Dy said...

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lee woo said...

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