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Does anyone have any cool lessons or activities about the states of matter?


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do you have access to technology? check out this cool little site... for students to learn about the three...it's well done.

http://www.harcourtschool.com/activi...tes_of_matter/

there are tons of fun experiments to do in this unit...easy to find in google... I have a binder full, but none in my computer but lots of them came from the internet...

good luck! fun unit =o)
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Make Jello
Old 11-12-2005, 10:48 AM
 
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In the past I have always made Jello when I was teaching the three states of matter. It starts as a solid (the powder). When you add the water the powder dissolves and it becomes a liquid. The water is so hot you can see the steam coming off it (a gas). Then, I poured the mixture in several ice cube trays to put in the refrigerator. I let the kids predict what would happen by the next time we looked at it. Later that afternoon or the next day, I would take the trays out of the refrigerator and the Jello has turned back into a solid. Pass out plates, scoop out of the ice trays, and enjoy!
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Old 11-15-2005, 10:45 AM
 
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As a culmination to the unit, we do a "Whats-a-matter" party. We make rootbeer floats. The ice cream is the solid, the rootbeer is the liquid and the carbonation in the rootbeer is the gas. The kids love it.
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Magic Wands
Old 11-15-2005, 04:28 PM
 
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I use magic wands (5th grade) to show the states of matter. At the local pet store they sell clear plastic tubing that I think is used for fish tanks. I buy a length of that and have my husband cut it into 8 inch sections. I take that part to school. Then I help students cool glue a cork into one end of it. Next, we put in some glitter and sparkly confetti. To that we add some water so that the tube is about 75% full. Then we cool glue another cork into the open end so that the tube is safely sealed...Voila, a magic wand that shows solids, liquids and gasses! It comes out looking really cool, and with Harry Potter coming out, most of my class was really psyched to make these!


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delivered, packed in dry ice. I put a small piece into water. Voila! (As the previous poster said!) Solid to gas. You can also use ice cubes. Put the ice on a plate, in the sun. It melts, and eventually disappears.
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