FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – DSM States of Matter

Students explore States of Matter through twelve hands-on activities and the Delta Science Reader. Help your students begin to see, and classify, the objects in the world around them, not as primary school children but as young scientists. Students use hands-on experiences with blocks, balloons, and beakers to identify the distinctive properties of the three common states of matter. With a variety of lab tools they observe, explore, and measure solids, liquids, and gases, and investigate the processes by which one changes into another. As students conduct melting, freezing, evaporation, and condensation experiments, they learn the importance of controlling variables and keeping records. To conclude the unit, the class can celebrate by making ice cream for a "Matter Matters" party.

The Delta Science Reader States of Matter introduces students to matter and its physical properties. Students learn about three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. They read about changing from one state to another by melting, freezing, evaporation, and condensation. Students meet two scientists who work with matter in different states, one at a crayon factory and another in Antarctica. Finally, they discover how heating gases keeps a hot air balloon afloat.