Common Properties Of Matter

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Two students in search of ideas for a science project find help in a store like one they've never seen. Miss Dallerwag, the store owner, helps explain concepts like atoms and molecules. She also describes what mass, volume, and density are and how they are different, and the states of matter and how they change. With the insights and understanding the students gain from this experience, the science project turns out to be a big success.

Student Application

Hear descriptions of mass, volume, density, and the states of matter.

Learning Objectives

  1. Students will know that matter is anything that takes up space and has mass; it has properties that can be observed and described.
  2. Students will understand what an element is. Elements are often called the "building blocks" of matter. An element is a substance made up of only one type of matter. It cannot be broken down into som...

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Supporting Activities

  1. Have the students demonstrate the changes between solids, liquids, and gases. Make sure you have a clear area to work with. Start out by having the students stand close together, holding hands. This represents a solid. Then, while they are still connected to each other, have them spread out a little bit and slowly move around. This represents a liq...

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