States of Matter (Solid, Liquid, Gas)

Don’t your kids just love science? These days, I am getting all my old and new science folders out and am busy putting them together in a more organized fashion. I will share all our science projects here on my blog from now on, and I hope they are of some help! J
Recently, we learned ALL about the three types of matter: solid, liquid, and gas.
This is roughly how we started: I wrote ‘MATTER’ on the board and said that everything is made of matter, and I meant everything. 
Kid 1: What about my hair? (Yes.)
Kids 2: My eyeballs? (Yup!)
Kid 3: How about air? (Oh, yes!)
Kid 4: What about a fart? Hahahahahahahaha. (YES!!!)
We all have that one kid, don’t we? Anyway, he actually helped me grab everyone’s attention by saying that. Next, I showed them a short PowerPoint presentation. There are few animations, and the kids seemed to really enjoy them. (Success!) My kids especially enjoyed the quiz at the end of the slides.
The next day, I printed out the slides and posted them on the board. I was happy when a few of them noticed the new posters, thereby getting the whole class to start talking about what we learned yesterday. Well, it was all silly stuff about what is a solid, liquid, or gas, but at least they were making connections, right? Haha.
To help them understand how the molecules move around in each state of matter, we put marbles on plates to grasp the idea. The kids used little round stickers to show the same idea on this printable.


Balloons were super useful for this science unit. We put water in one and froze it overnight, water in another one, and blew air into the last one. All kinds of questions and answers were being thrown around and we did simple little experiments and made observations.
Water is special! It can be solid, liquid, or gas. Solid is heavier than gas. This one is hard and this one is squishy. Can this break? What about this one? Let’s pop it and see what happens. This one is hard to pop!
I think they quite enjoyed playing with the balloons, so I blew one up at the end, and without tying it, I released it into the air. Whoooooooshhhhhhhh! All the squealing aside, they made one more observation: a balloon shoots off when its air is released.
Here is a picture of the mini interactive books we worked on.
Here are the experiments with lab craftivity that are included in this packet.
The first one is called The Party in the Balloon and the second one is called Jello Time.
The kids had to write and draw the materials, write procedures, make a hypothesis, draw conclusions, and more. Making a lab craftivity is a great way to keep them thinking before, during, and after an experiment.


We are now finished with this unit, so I am posting it in my store. Hope you find the packet useful! J



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