What's the Matter 3rd Grade

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The world need to know what matter is and how it changes from one state to another!!  That means we need you to discover the answer to these questions and many more by becoming a scientist for a day!!  It is your job to obtain the information about the states of matter (solids, liquids and gases).  Afterwards you will present your findings to the class in a scientific journal!  The world must know what solids, liquids and gases are because the surround us every day!!  Please solve this mystery and let the world know what you found!

 

What you need to know to complete this mission is....

- How to record information.

- What is important to know.

- Your science terms.

- How to describe things.

                                              ATTENTION SCIENCE INVESTIGATORS!

There is some late breaking news. Just recently, a kidnapping was reported. Sammy the snowman is missing! He was last seen walking into the front doors of our school. He was wearing a red and yellow scarf, a top hat and had a bright red nose. A short while after he was last seen by our principal, the school secretary found his scarf, top hat, 2 pieces of coal, and a puddle of water lying by the front doors of the school. It seems there has been a kidnapping, and we need your help to solve the crime! You have been reported as some of the best investigators at this school, so we are counting on you to solve this mystery! Gook Luck!

 

Your job as a scientist consists of many different things.  The first and foremost being the power of observation!  Observation is the act of paying attention to details and surroundings.  Never forget the golden rule as a scientist watch everything!!  You never know what will be important.  Second always make notes of your observations and of information you think is critical.  Information is always needed to make a finding and publish it in a scientific journal!

 

Now to begin your quest for answers.  You will begin learning the definitions for each state of matter and then proceeding to learn about how they change and the names of those changes.  I hope you have a pencil and science journal handy!  You will need them to be a scientist!!

 

 

You and your classmates have been chosen to be detectives and solve the mystery of our missing snowman. In groups of three you will work together to investigate the different stages of matter. Each group member will be assigned one of the states of matter

  • Solids
  • Liquids
  • Gases

 

 

Pay close attention as you work alone because you will be responsible for sharing the information you find with your group.

After you finish your individual state of matter, you will share your findings and with your group, complete a concept web to discuss the characteristics of states of matter using water as your theme. Once your investigative work has been completed your team will file a police report helping them discover the kidnapper of our friend Sammy the Snowman.

The Process

1. First, you will be assigned to a group of three.

2. Next, each member of your group will be assigned a state of matter.

3. Print off the States of Matter Discovery Sheet. Do the following for your state of matter only.

Solid

  • Go to the ChemforKids Website. Read about the characteristics of a solid and take the solids quiz.
  • Visit the Microscope. Look at how to particles of a solid look under the microscope.
  • Now go to the Grade 3 website. Look through the page to see if you can find out how water changes from a solid to a liquid.

Liquid

  • Go to the Chem4Kids Website. Read about the characteristics of a liquid and take the liquids quiz.
  • Visit the Microscope. Look at how to particles of a liquid look under the microscope.
  • Now go to the Grade 3 website. Look through the page to see if you can find out how water changes from a liquid to a solid and a liquid to a gas.

Gas

  • Go to the Chem4Kids Website. Read about the characteristics of a gas and take the gases quiz.
  • Visit the Microscope. Look at how to particles of a gas look under the microscope.
  • Now go to the Grade 3 website. Look through the page to see if you can find out how water changes from a gas to a liquid.

 

4. Now as a group share the information you found. Describe to your groupmates what you discovered about your state of matter. Write down 2-3 notes from each of the other states of matter on the bottom of your discovery sheet.

5. As a group compare your findings on how matter changes from one state to the next. Look at how a substance changes from a solid to a liquid and from a liquid to a gas.

6. Now as a group, fill in the concept web using water as your central theme. On the bottom of the concept web write a short explanation to the principal about what happened to Sammy the Snowman. Use details from your discovery today to back up your explanation.

7. Lastly, print off the Student Self Assessment. Complete it and turn it in with your Discovery Sheet and your group's finished concept web.

                                                               Evaluation

You will be evaluated using four assessments.

Description: http://users.manchester.edu/student/jestrange/MatterWebQuest/j0299587.gif The Student Self Asssessment will be worth 20 points.

Description: http://users.manchester.edu/student/jestrange/MatterWebQuest/j0299587.gif The Teacher Assessment will be worth 20 points.

Description: http://users.manchester.edu/student/jestrange/MatterWebQuest/j0299587.gif Your completed States of Matter Discovery Sheet is worth 10 points.

Description: http://users.manchester.edu/student/jestrange/MatterWebQuest/j0299587.gif Your group's completed concept web is worth 25 points.

 

This entire project is worth 75 points.

                                                               Conclusion

 

GREAT JOB INVESTIGATORS!  Thanks to your help we have figured out that Sammy was not kidnapped, but he melted.  The principal has collected his belongings and asked us to help rebuild Sammy tomorrow at recess.  You have done a wonderful job of exploring the states of matter and finding out the characteristics of each state.

Remember to keep your thinking caps on and look at other materials that change states from solids to liquids to gas in your everyday life

Internet References

Rader, Andrew. "Solids, Liquids, and Gases." Chem4Kids. 1997. 25 Sept. 2006 <http://www.chem4kids.com/files/matter_intro.html&gt;.

Shelia, Estacio. "What is Water?" Solids, Liquids, and Gases. 25 Sept. 2006 <http://www.nyu.edu/pages/mathmol/textbook/slg.html>.

 "States of Matter." Harcourt School Publishers. 25 Sept. 2006 <http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/states_of_matter/index.html&gt;.

 

Rubric adapted from:

http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webquests/qui…

Materials

To effectively use this WebQuest, you will need to have a computer available for each student, a printer, internet access, and writing utensils.  The students need to be placed into groups of three (each student will research one of the states of matter).

Standards

This WebQuest was written for third graders and helps to meet the following  Academic Standards:

  • 3.1.4 Discuss the results of investigations and consider the explanations of others.
  • 3.1.5 Demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively while respecting the ideas of others and communicating one’s own conclusions about findings.
  • 3.5.5 Explain that one way to make sense of something is to think of how it relates to something more familiar.

Evaluation and Assessment

Each student will be evaluated using four assessments.

 The Student Self Asssessment will be worth 20 points.

 The Teacher Assessment will be worth 20 points.

 The completed States of Matter Discovery Sheet is worth 10 points.

 Each group's completed concept web is worth 25 points.

This entire project is worth 75 points.

Additional Resources

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