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Activity 1: States of Matter Review (GLEs: 2, 6, 9, 10, 14, 18)

Materials List: chart for recording words; common household materials that reflect solids, liquids, and gases; science learning log; States of Matter BLM

Facilitate a review discussion about the states of matter (solid, liquid, gas).  Assist students in brainstorming (view literacy strategy descriptions) a list of words to describe the properties (characteristics) of solids, liquids, and gases. Brainstorming is used to activate prior knowledge about a topic. This strategy helps students to understand what they know about a particular topic and connect this knowledge to that of the group. Display a variety of common household materials that reflect each type of matter.  Have students work in small groups to identify and compare the properties of two of the materials.  Students can record properties using a t-chart in science learning logs (view literacy strategy descriptions). This log is a notebook that students keep in content classrooms in order to record ideas, questions, reactions, new understandings, or visual representations such as diagrams, charts, etc. Documenting ideas in a log about content being studied forces students to “put into words” what they know or do not know.  This process offers a reflection of understanding that can lead to further study and alternative learning paths.  It combines writing and reading with content learning.   

Following the discussion have students pose questions they may have about the states of matter.                        

Real World Connection – For homework have students search for solids, liquids, and gases in their home.  Students can record findings on BLM provided.

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