Matter, Matter Everywhere


In this unit, students are exposed to different experiments which enable them to understand that every living and non-living thing around us is matter.  Matter is everything you can see, feel, taste and smell.  Matter is something you can weugh.  In studying matter, they learn what things are made of, how materials react whent they are mixed with each other, and how (if) they can be separated again.  Students use their five senses to become aware of the properties of matter around them.

Lesson One:  What Is Matter?
Students are introduced to the three forms of matter- solids, liquids, and gases.

Lesson Two:  What Are Solids?
In this lesson, students learn that solid matter has a definite mass, volume, and shape.  A solids shape doesn't change unless an outside force acts upon it.

Lesson Three:  What Are Solids Like?
Solids have a fixed shape but liquids take the shape of the container.  This distinction grows muddy when the solids are powdered or granular like flour, sand, salt...  Each individual grain is still a solid.

Lesson Four:  What are Liquids?
We can feel liquids, but we can't hold them easily because they flow through our fingers.  Liquids, like gases are fluids - matter that can flow.  The particles that make up liquids aren't quite as closely together as the particles in a solid.  That's why liquids can flow - the particles have enough space to slip or slide past one another.

Lesson Five: What are Liquids Like?
In this lesson we have a "liquids race" to discover which liquids flow faster.

Lesson Six: What Happens When You Mix Solids and Liquids?
In this lesson we experiment by mixing solids and liquids.  There are two possible outxomes.  If they blend together where one disappears into the other(like sugar and water) they form a solution.  If they do not blend they form a mixture. (raisins and flakes)

Lesson Seven:  What Happens to Liquids in Liquids?
We mix different liquids in this activity to investigate which ones mix easily and which ones do not mix.

Lesson Eight:  What are Gases?
A gas is a form of matter taht has no shape of its own.  It spreads out to fill the space that's left over by solids and liquids.

Lesson Nine:  Which Solids Float in Liquids?
We investigate which materials float and which ones sink.

Lesson Ten:  How Does Water Change Form?

Lesson Eleven:  How Can You Change Matter Into Different Matter?
In this lesson we mix vinegar and baking soda to produce a gas.

Lesson Twelve:  What Makes Matter Change?
Students will discover the effect that heat has on ,atter by making play dough.

Lesson Thirteen:  How Can You Help Clean Up Solids and Liquids?
Students realize that matter is useful but it may also be dangerous if not used properly.  Students are informed of the danger/warning symbols that may be found on household items.

Lesson Fourteen:  What Can You Make With Matter?
Students demonstrate their understanding of matter by using matter to ,ake their own product......slime.

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