What's the Matter?

My 5th grade team does science rotations. I absolutely love switching for science because each of us can focus on creating one really great science unit, instead of five separate ones. I've taught the Matter Unit for the past 3 years and wanted to share some of the resources I use to teach Matter.
Teachers in Utah are extremely lucky because we have an awesome program available to us. It is through the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum and a partnership with Utah State Office of Education.
The program is called Reaction Time. They send a chemist to our school to do a fun assembly demonstrating some fun physical and chemical reactions and then students get to do a breakout session where they get to do their own hands-on experiments. IT IS FABULOUS!

As part of this program they give out some awesome resources that I love using in the my classroom. I was able to contact the program coordinator for Reaction Time to see if they would give me permission to share some of their resources on this blog... AND THEY SAID YES!! They even agreed to send me the pdf files to share with you!!

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Here are the posters:

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Here's a great poem that I hang on my wall to help students understand the differences between physical and chemical changes. (Also compliments of Discovery Gateway.)

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Also, I thought I'd share some of my favorite Matter websites with you.

1. Strange Matter Exhibit
I love showing my students how the elements go through physical and chemical changes to create new types of matter. 

2. Sciber Text
I use some of this information to introduce the topic of matter. We do some of the experiments as a class, like the balloon test to see if air is considered matter.

3. Quia - Physical and Chemical Changes Quiz
Quiz your students on physical and chemical changes.

I hope someone out there in blog land can use this stuff. Let me know if you have any questions or if you have any great resources to share with me! :)

FYI - For more science resources for Matter check out my Physical and Chemical Changes Resource Pack for sale at Teachers Pay Teachers


Rachelle said...

What I love about this is that I can adapt this for my 1st graders! Thanks Natalie!!!!

Natalie Kay said...

Thanks Rachelle! Your kiddos would love the Strange Matter website, it has lots of fun things to show students. :)

RJ said...

New follower here! LOVE the matter post! In fact, my class just finished making oobleck today as we study the states of matter....what a mess but WOW what fun! Thanks for sharing these amazing resources! I'll be back frequently for sure!

I am a 4th and 5th grade science teacher in Ohio and I am new to the blogging scene. Check me out at http://mrhayessblog.blogspot.com/ and my website at http://hayesclass.weebly.com . I would love to get feedback to improve my resources as well!

RJ said...

And for those curious oobleck makers......today we found that 1 cup of corn starch and 1/2 cup of water made the perfect mix! Just thought I would share.

Ben andJuly said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH for this! Our current Science curriculum is so above-level for my 5th graders that I have been doing most of my own lessons (or finding resources online). Matter is coming up next and I am so excited to use these! THANKS A MILLION!

Rachelle said...

@Mrs. Hayes! Thank you so much for the tip! I made the whole recipe and it was WAY too much! :) But, it was SO much fun! I had it all over my clothes when we got done, but the kids kept saying "this is the best experiment EVER!". :)

Amy @ Juice Boxes + Crayolas said...

Thanks for the science resources and links! We are studying matter right now!


Partly Sunny said...

Lots of wonderful ideas her. Do you know where I could locate information about matter on a kindergarten level? This is new to our curriculum this year since our state just adopted Core Standards.
Thank you,

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