Solids, Liquids and Gases

Our Solids, Liquids and Gases lesson plan introduces students to the difference in how molecules make up solids, liquids, and gases. Students learn the characteristics of each and are asked to identify real-world examples of each.

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Our interactive Solids, Liquids and Gases lesson plan demonstrates the difference in how molecules make up solids, liquids, and gases. During this lesson, students are asked to complete a short experiment where they drip water onto a penny to demonstrate surface tension, making observations along the way and drawing a conclusion at the end. Students are also asked to list 5 solids, liquids, and gases inside or outside their house, list each item and tell why it is a solid, liquid, or gas, demonstrating their understanding of the lesson material.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to recognize the difference in how molecules make up solids, liquids, and gases. The students will also be able to list characteristics of solids, liquids, and gases.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA.Science.6.RST., CCSS.ELA.Science.6.RST., CCSS.ELA.Science.4-5.RI., CCSS.ELA.Science.4-5.RI.

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Science, Video


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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