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Ready-Set-Tech: Comparing Matter

Carol Langford, Avocado Elementary School, Miami, FL

Grade Level  Primary K-2
Subject Science
Background All students have the ability to describe objects. In this lesson the students will use the Internet to discover the states of matter and explain how the molecules are arranged in each state.
Objectives

Uses online resources to create, revise, retrieve, and verify information

Describes and compares the various states of matter
 

Materials Computer with Internet access, Comparing Matter Work Sheet, brown bags, items for exploration examples: ball, spoon, eraser, marble, penny, walnut shell, and wooden cube.
Procedure 1. Students are paired together in-groups of two.  
2. Ask students how you can tell what something is by touching it.
3. Each pair is given a brown bag of objects to describe to each other. One student at a time pulls an object from the bag and the partner tries to find the same object, without looking, using only touch, from their bag.
4. Ask students to visit the following book marked sites to find out what the states of matter are:

Fact Monster at  http://factmonster.com/ce6/sci/A0846560.html
Ask Jeeves for Kids at http://ajkids.com
Explore Zone at http://explorezone.com/101/matter.htm
 
5. Have students complete the Comparing Matter Work Sheet with the states of matter.
6. An extension of this activity would be to encourage students to develop “What am I?” games using objects of their choice for each  of the states of matter.

Evaluation Students should be able to identify objects around the classroom that fit the three states of matter definitions.
 

 

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