Matter Lesson Plans

  • Air: Demonstrating Its Presence and Effects- To examine the effect of air pressure in a series of experiments that highlight the consequences of the presence of our atmosphere, aimed at grades 6-12.
  • Air Movement- To understand the existence and movement of air. Designed for grades 5 through 8.
  • Changes in Matter - This lesson is developed to enhance student understanding of physical and chemical changes. It will also review knowledge of the states of matter.
  • Changing Matter - Students will be able to define and list examples of the branches of chemistry.
  • Comparing Densities of Different Liquids- To motivate students to experiment, observe, and calculate densities of several different liquids.
  • Density- To discover what properties determine the phenomenon of objects able to float and objects able to sink.
  1. Density Discoveries - Density Discoveries is a hands-on student learning opportunity for students to find the mass, volume, and density of solid matter.
  2. Density in Relation to Float and Sink- To determine why objects will float or sink in relation to density.
  3. Density Problems - Students will be able to use the density triangle to solve for different variables.
  4. Density of a Gas - Gas, like all matter, has mass and volume, therefore, it has a density. Students will investigate the mass, volume, and density of a gas by producing it in a chemical reaction.
  5. Exploring the Properties of Matter in the Preschool- Increase awareness of their immediate physical and natural world through manipulation, observation, discussion, art, and hands-on experiences.
  6. Gas Laws - After completing this unit the student will be able to understand the relation ship between temperature and pressure on volume of gases.
  7. Gases Lighter and Heavier than Air- The students will be able to understand and demonstrate that there are gases that are lighter (less dense) and heavier (more dense) than air.
  8. GUM: More, Less, or the Same? - A laboratory activity confirming the law of conservation of matter by weighing chewing gum before and after it is chewed. Will it weigh more, less or the same? What happens to the matter?
  9. Introduction to the Periodic Table- The purpose of my mini-teach is to introduce various methods of presenting the Periodic Table which identifies the various elements.
  10. Matter Matters - This is lesson one of the unit Weather Trackers. Students learn by observation and hands-on activities the act of water changing form from a solid to a liquid to a gas.
  11. Matter Matters! - This introductory lesson offers an interactive opportunity for the students' prior knowledge to be expressed and extends an understanding of the states of matter (solid, liquid, gas) through inquiry in preparation for more indepth experimentation in heating and cooling.
  12. Solids, liquids and gases- Using various examples of solids, liquids and gases, the student will be able to define the three states of matter. They will classify the three kinds of matter, describe its properties and give examples of each one.
  13. Solid, Liquid, or Gas? - Using literature to introduce the states of matter, students identify physical characteristics and group objects for a picnic using the states of matter for each object.
  14. Sound and Matter - Sound travels through different states of matter (solid, liquid, gas).
  15. State Changes With Chocolate - Understand the concept of a mold and predict what shape the chocolate will take when it is finally cool enough to eat.
  16. State of Matter - Students examine how atoms change from solid to liquid to gas.
  17. States of Matter- To provide concrete experiences with solids, liquids and gases.
  18. Temperature- Students in grades kindergarten through second will learn that the skin is not always a reliable sensor of temperature.
  19. Tempting Temperatures- The students (K-3) will be able to define what a thermometer is and observe changes in temperature using a thermometer.
  20. The Air Out There- The elementary student will be able to; demonstrate air movement. indicate the direction of the air.
  21. The Three States Of Matter- Identify and compare solids, liquids, and gases.
  22. Transfer of Heat - Students will be able to define conduction, insulators, convection and radiation.
  23. What Is the Matter with Water? - How fast can you make an ice cube melt? After students observe water as a liquid, solid, and gas, they compete to see how fast they can make an ice cube melt.
  24. What Is the Matter? - What is the Matter? It's a solid, a liquid, or a gas. In this lesson, students explore and identify the phases of matter and compare the particle motion in solids, liquids, and gasses.
  25. What State Is It? - After reviewing the states of matter and reading Bartholomew and the Oobleck, students create some oobleck and then use the descriptions of the states of matter to categorize the oobleck.
  26. What's the Matter with that Cup? - Which restaurant gives you more bang for your buck? Students measure volume, circumference, and height of fast food cups, find which one has the greatest volume, and compare/contrast those measurements to discover any correlations between them.
  27. What's the Matter? - Students become scientists when they are actively involved in this lesson that teaches students to observe the differences between solids, liquids and gases. They will be amazed at the objects they come up with to sort in this engaging lesson.
  28. What's the Matter? Locating Electrons in an Atom - The students roll dice in order to simulate the probability of locating an electron in a certain region around the nucleus.