A 60-minute lesson designed to introduce students to key terms and concepts related to matter and states of matter.
This lesson contains a link to an external video. Please watch the video prior to presenting this lesson to ensure that the content is appropriate for your students.
Review the previous lesson’s discussion regarding the state of matter of slime. Discuss what the key characteristics of a solid, a liquid, and a gas might be.
Watch the video What’s Matter? on YouTube. During the video, encourage the students to take notes and identify key terms. Afterwards, ask volunteer students to share key pieces of information from the video.
Introduce the statement to be investigated in the lesson: All objects and substances are made from matter.
Allow the students to independently complete the worksheet using the notes gathered during the video and the teaching presentation. Reassure the students that they do not need to worry if they don’t know the answer to a particular question.
After an allotted amount of working time, have the students find a partner. In their pairs, ask the students to discuss their answers. Encourage pairs to assist one another with any unknown answers and to discuss any discrepancies between responses.
Gather the class back together and discuss the questions and answers from the worksheet. Ensure that the students have the correct responses recorded.
Review the lesson’s statement for investigation: All objects and substances are made from matter. Discuss whether the statement is true or false based on the information gathered during the lesson.
Discuss whether the slime created in Lesson 1 is made of matter. Encourage the students to share their responses and to justify their assertions by making reference to the information gathered in the lesson.
Introduce the States of Matter Word Wall. Add the words ‘matter’, ‘mass’, ‘volume’, ‘atom’, ‘element’, and ‘molecule’ to the display.
Students requiring extension could design and create a poster that explains matter.
Students requiring support could work in small groups or partner with a more confident peer.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities