Many times teachers have a hard time finding an interesting introduction for their lessons. This video presentation may be used to introduce properties of matter. In an entertaining way, students will be able to learn about solid, liquid and gas through illustrations. Teachers and students will appreciate the simplicity of this presentation.
Students may at times have difficulty in understanding the changes of matter. However, this video presentation, in simple terms, explains the changes of matter. This is clearly seen in the explanation of condensation and evaporation. Teacher and students will appreciate the clarity of the presentation.
Teachers are privileged to have a website that provides an in-depth Teacher’s Guide on the structure and changes of matter. Lesson 2 and 3 are very helpful in teaching students various properties of objects. A list of objects is shown and the student will be asked to describe the properties of each. Also, the student will be given a Venn diagram to compare and contrast materials. I find these lessons helpful especially when teaching students at the lower grades.
In writing lesson plans, it is important to write the content for the topic being taught. This website provides concise content of what is matter; what the properties of each state are and it also illustrates the movement of the molecules of each state. At the end, it has a review of the information and a set of challenging questions for students. Teachers may use these suggestions in their lessons.
I was very intrigued about the fun and interesting ways in which children can learn matter at home using things around them. This site provides a few examples that will prove to be helpful to teachers as well as parents. I was really impressed with the experiment using balloons – filling water in one balloon and freezing it to show solid. Also, there is a link to songs about matter. Teachers may use these activities in their lessons.
The scholastic website provides interactive whiteboard activities for about nine (9) topics. Links are provided for the different science-related topics including properties of matter. For these topics, there is a unit test and sometimes a karaoke song or an animated video presentation to enhance students' learning. Teachers will appreciate the interesting layout of this site.
Games are a fantastic way in which students can learn science-related concepts. This site provides a wide variety of science-related games that will interest students including games that deal with properties of materials. This game is very helpful in discovering the characteristics of materials to see if the material is flexible, waterproof, strong or transparent. This game allows you to test the material. I found this game very interesting. Teachers and students will likewise enjoy.
The development of Strategic Science Teaching for Grades K-12 provides a science instructional model to teach science concepts that incorporate hands-on learning activities and learning strategies. This model is based on the 5E learning cycle that focuses on the five stages of learning: Engage Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. There is also a practical lesson for a grade K that is entitled “What does matter look like” uses the different science strategies for teaching.
There are about eight (8) ideas that relate to properties of matter outlined on this website. I appreciated the activity that relates to physical states of matter. The teacher can encourage children to act the states of matter in groups, moving and spreading out to represent the states. The teacher may create states of matter anchor chart as a class. Teachers may use and apply these ideas in their lessons.