Solid Liquid Gas Oh My

Draw the states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. Use Crayola® Dry-Erase Crayons to create an original drawing of water in its three states of matter.

  • 1.

    Review with students the states of matter: solid, liquid and gas.

  • 2.

    Provide each student with an individual dry-erase board or a spot on a classroom white board. Photo paper can easily be substituted for dry-erase boards.

  • 3.

    Give the students Crayola® Dry-Erase Crayons and ask them to think of the three states of matter that water can be found in—frozen, liquid and steam—and create an original drawing that includes each state. Encourage the inclusion of an entire scene for each state of matter. For example, water in liquid form can be found in a pond or river, surrounded by lush greens and grasses, as well as a few animals!

  • 4.

    Once students have completed their sketches, ask them to find partners to discuss their artistic choices.


  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SCI: Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
  • SCI: Construct an argument with evidence that some changes caused by heating or cooling can be reversed and some cannot.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.


  • Use white paper and Crayola Washable Markers in place of dry-erase products.
  • Have children write a paragraph describing the states of matter in their drawing.
  • Have students investigate places where they observe water in each of the three states of matter. Children can work in small groups to create lists of each state of matter. Merge student/team lists into one comprehensive list. How many were found?