States of Matter

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  1. LWidel

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    I need to start a unit on States of Matter in science and have no textbooks. Does anyone have a great unit to share? Any help would be so much appreciated. Thanks! :help::help:
     
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  4. LWidel

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    Thanks for being kind enough to share!

    I could use more ideas if anyone else would be willing to share a unit. Thanks!
     
  5. mrsbrown2007

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    I found a really cute song by Ron Brown entitled "Solid, Liquid or Gas." I purchased it on iTunes for $0.99. I play it at the end of each lesson, and the students really enjoy it.

    Do a google search for the lyrics. I was not able to post a link because I haven't been a member long enough.

    Be warned, though: The words will get stuck in your head!
     
  6. Jungle

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    We have little booklets that we put together - each page lists one of the three and then we write a quick definition and list some examples of each. We also do several experiments showing how water changes to steam or ice. Also, if you've never done ooblick before, you should try it! It's really messy, but the kids LOVE it and have a great time. There's also a poem that we have about matter. I will dig it out at school and try to post it here. Hope this helps!
     
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    Teaching Matter is my favorite period in Science:

    1. Make slushies, changing a liquid into a solid through freezing. You just need hawaiian punch, gallon bags, sandwich bags, ice, and salt.

    2. Make ooblik, it is both a liquid and a solid. All you need is cornstarch, water, and if you like, food coloring.

    3. Dancing Raisins, shows gas and liquid. Just drop raisins in a clear gas soda (seven up, sprite, ginger ale) and watch them dance.

    4. Make Flubber, it is a solid, need borax, water, and school glue.

    Sorry for the short run-on sentences. Hope this helps. Use read alouds, since you don't have books, or printouts about matter off the web, have them write about their experiments.
     
  9. horseyridder

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    Have students act out in groups what it feels like to be the different states of matter. When they are a solid, they will stand close together and shake a little bit back and forth. As they melt (if you have they pretend to be ice) they will become a liquid and be able to sway back and forth and spin around. As they turn into a gas (be sure to create an imaginary container for them to stay in) they will move all around and carefully bump off the sides of the container. It's great for your kinesthetic learners!
     
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    We always do this activity also. As an extension to this activity you can use Kix cereal to create what molecules look like as solids, liquids, and gases in a container.
     
  11. RainStorm

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    L Widel,

    I have a complete States of Matter unit packet for 3rd grade, including a booklet you can print (to use instead of a text) which has pre-reading questions, a reading section, and then questions, as well as an end-of-unit review.

    I also have a matching quiz, multiple choice quiz, focus questions, study guide, and science experiment (making a liquid into a solid -- how to make ice cream.)

    If you want it, pm your email address to me, and I'll be glad to send it as several PDFs.

    -Rain
     
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    rain i would love to see your states of matter unit. i am just starting this and as a new teacher do not have many resources to use! my email address is sunflower13_13@hotmail.com thank you
     
  13. RainStorm

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    Send a PM with your email address, and I'll send it right away! Being a new teacher can be so exciting. Good luck!
     
  14. mrtiger

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    hi there rain, do you still have the matter unit?
     
  15. RainStorm

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    Sure. Just send me a pm with your email addy, and I'll be glad to send it.
     
  16. mrtiger

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    I'm new enough I don't have pm privelidges :(

    my email address is sethspot at yahoo
     
  17. RainStorm

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    Okay, I sent it to you. Hope you can find something you can use.
     
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    There was a discussion on a thread here recently about there really being 5 identified states of matter...plasmas and Bose-Einstein condensates are the ones usually left out of curriculum-probably because the others are the ones 'traditionally taught' and the easiest to 'see'. Check that your curriculum is only requiring the 'big three'. :thumb:
     
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    Ours only requires solid, liquid, and gas.
     
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    That's about all I'm willing to wrap my head around!! :)
     
  21. EmilyMilw

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    I just joined! Please send the matter me the matter information too! Emilyjanusz@gmail.com. Thank you!
     
  22. RainStorm

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    I just sent it Emily. Hope you find something you can use.
     
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    Matter

    Please e-mail the Matter book/theme to me. I am new to this board so I hope I am doing this right! Thanks.

    mbhines@roaneschools.com
     
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    How do you Pm?
     
  25. RainStorm

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    I think you have to have a certain number of posts before you can pm. Don't worry -- even though the thread blocked your email address, there is a way to read it. (I won't explain that here, though.) I'll send it to you via email. :)
     
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    Kestchr,
    I sent the states of matter stuff to you. I hope you can find something you can use.

    -Rain
     
  27. nayelismom

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    One of our third grade teachers told her kids that when you go to the bathroom, you'll usually get one or more of the three states of matter...a liquid, a solid, or a gas. It's gross but her kids remembered them.
     
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    OMG. Okay, but- how do you explain plasma??;)
     
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    Funny that you ask!!! We were wondering the same exact thing. However, our curriculum doesn't require that we teach that... YET. We do mention it though but separately.
     
  30. Davette

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    RainStorm, could you send me those same files. I am going crazy/loco looking for material:dizzy:
     
  31. RainStorm

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    I'd need an email address. :)
     
  32. RainStorm

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    Davette,
    I have the 2nd grade version on my webpage. You can get there at www.quia.com/pages/granby.html Go to the Teachers Resource Page (scroll down and you'll see the link.) Once you are there, scroll down to the Science section.

    If you send me your email addy, I'll email you some more.
     
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    Not a full unit but a good addition

    teachershare.scholastic.com/resources/1084

    This unit has a video on the 3 states, plus some kinesthetic (?) activity too.
     
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    We did a mini-lesson on this during our water unit.

    Put a couple of ice cubes into a small translucent or clear plastic cup. Put the cup in a baggie, close it, then tape this all to the window. They can see solid, later liquid, and finally gas - condensation and then the water all ends up in the bottom of the bag, making for good discussion about why it is no longer in the cup. You could try it w/ dirty water, too, to show that once it is dirty - it stays dirty - great for helping them see this!
     
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    Rain,
    I would love this unit as well. I'm too new to pm as well. My email is jennifernewton@sheridanschools.org. I would appreciate it if you would share. I'm sure you worked really hard on it.

    Thanks!
     
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    Okay, I sent it. Hope you can use it.
     
  37. Ellensmom

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    I always show the states of matter by putting an ice cube into an electric skillet, heating it up, and having them watch it change.
     
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    We just hit the real states of matter unit, Rainstorm, so I will pm you asking for your unit. TIA!

    We did the kinesthetic version w/ students acting out the movement of the particles of matter. FUN!! We are making Flubber this coming week. Double FUN!
     
  39. pgem19

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    States of Matter Packet?

    I would love to get a copy of your states of matter packet. I am a new member and don't think I can PM anyone. Is there another way that I can get it from you? This is my 5th year teaching 3rd grade but in the past we have only used the text book and last year my co-teacher taught science. This year I am trying to make science more hands on and fun for the kids.

    Thanks
     
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    If you click on anyone's username, you should have an option to "private message" that user. I didn't know it wasn't an option for our newest users.
     
  41. Julie9789

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    Last year, for 4th grade we had them act out each state of matter.

    Solid - they stood rigid or tense, still
    Liquid - the moved their arms like water/river, slow moving
    Gas - they waved their hands above their head, quick

    This turned into classroom management. We'd say "show me solid" or "show me liquid" to slow them down, or stop them from moving. Towards the end of the unit we'd start calling out "show me a desk" and they'd have to show what state of matter a desk is. A little complicated, but it was fun.
     

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