Carol Langford, Avocado
Elementary School, Miami, FL
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.
Uses online resources to create, revise, retrieve, and verify
Describes and compares the various states of matter
Computer with Internet access, Comparing Matter
Work Sheet, brown bags, items for exploration examples:
ball, spoon, eraser, marble, penny, walnut shell, and wooden
1. Students are paired together in-groups of
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:
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.
Students should be able to
identify objects around the classroom that fit the three states of
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