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What’s the matter? Solid, liquid, or gaseous? Students shape up their physics knowledge with a Model Magic® mobile that really matters.
Invite students to discover solids, liquids, and gases. Everything is matter, in either a solid, liquid, or gaseous state. All matter occupies space, has mass, and consists of atoms. Solids have hard surfaces and differ in how their molecules are arranged. Liquids are smooth and wet, flow, and take the shape of their container. Gases move, don’t stick together, and have no shape. Provide classroom resources for students to investigate independently or in small groups to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the states of matter.
Challenge students to find examples of each of the states of matter. Working in collaborative groups, brainstorm common examples of the three states of matter: metal, rock, and ice are solids; raindrops, honey, and milk are liquids; steam, hot air, and compressed air are gases. As groups discover examples, ask them to create a written list of each set (solids, liquids, gases). Assist students with writing as needed.
Student groups design a mobile of the three states of matter using colored Crayola Model Magic. Firmly press a paperclip into the top of each. Air-dry overnight.
With Crayola Scissors, cut a cardboard roll into one long and three short sections. Cut construction paper to cover the rolls. Attach it with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the rolls.
Label the three short sections—solid, liquid, gaseous—with a Crayola Washable Marker. Label the longer roll, too. Include information about matter if you wish. Tie your models to the correct short cardboard rolls with string or yarn. Tie the three sections to the longer section. Students hang mobiles in the classroom for others to see.
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