Sunday, December 7, 2014

States of Matter

We just started our States of Matter Unit. I love this unit because there are so many hands-on activities that can be used! Every year I make oobleck with my students to start off a discussion on solids, liquids, and gases. We start by reading Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Suess and then we make oobleck. This always creates a huge mess, but the students have fun with it. All you need to create oobleck is corn starch and water. Unfortunately, throughout all the chaos of making the oobleck, I forgot to take pictures. 

As we discuss the differences between solids, liquids, and gases, we play charades to show how the molecules act in each state of matter. For solids, the students stand close together and do not move. For liquids, the students spread out a little bit and move slowly back and forth. For gases, the students spread throughout the room and move freely about. 

We also like to watch this states of matter rap!


I'll try to take some pictures and post more about the activities that we will be doing this week, but for now I will leave you with a link to the Matter "I have, who has" game that we will be playing at the end of this chapter to review the vocabulary terms. I just posted it on TpT  today so I will discount it at 50% for today only!

Enjoy your Sunday!

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