Solids, Liquids, & Gases!

We have been super busy learning all about the states of matter!!  We did a couple of fun activities that were really engaging and the kids loved it!
Solids, Liquids, & Gases Anchor Chart to help teach the states of matter.  I've shared a few easy to do science experiments that will help your students to really understand the properties of matter!  The Chocolate Chip experiment is our favorite!!

1. Anchor Charts

One of the first things we talk about is what is matter and what is the difference between volume and mass.
Solids, Liquids, & Gases Anchor Chart to help teach the states of matter.  I've shared a few easy to do science experiments that will help your students to really understand the properties of matter!  The Chocolate Chip experiment is our favorite!!
Then we discuss the definitions of solids, liquids, and gases and how their particles move in each substance.
Solids, Liquids, & Gases Anchor Chart to help teach the states of matter.  I've shared a few easy to do science experiments that will help your students to really understand the properties of matter!  The Chocolate Chip experiment is our favorite!!
These anchor charts are actually from the teacher next door!  
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2. Cereal Activity

To help students understand this concept a little more, we do an activity using cereal to represent matter particles!  We used Fruit Loops, but any type of circular cereal would work!
Solids, Liquids, & Gases Anchor Chart to help teach the states of matter.  I've shared a few easy to do science experiments that will help your students to really understand the properties of matter!  The Chocolate Chip experiment is our favorite!!
Here's an example of a completed project!
Solids, Liquids, & Gases Anchor Chart to help teach the states of matter.  I've shared a few easy to do science experiments that will help your students to really understand the properties of matter!  The Chocolate Chip experiment is our favorite!!
Of course we displayed them outside our classroom for everyone to see!
Solids, Liquids, & Gases Anchor Chart to help teach the states of matter.  I've shared a few easy to do science experiments that will help your students to really understand the properties of matter!  The Chocolate Chip experiment is our favorite!!
They were so proud of their work!!

3. Chocolate Chip Activity

Then we did an activity with chocolate chips.
 I wanted the students to be able to observe how solids change to a liquid and then back to a solid.
Part of our unit on matter also includes sources of heat, so I wanted to tie that into this lesson as well.

First, we tried to use body heat to melt the chocolate chips.
Students each got a small bag of chocolate chips and used their hands to rub each bag.
Solids, Liquids, & Gases Anchor Chart to help teach the states of matter.  I've shared a few easy to do science experiments that will help your students to really understand the properties of matter!  The Chocolate Chip experiment is our favorite!!
 It worked a little.
Solids, Liquids, & Gases Anchor Chart to help teach the states of matter.  I've shared a few easy to do science experiments that will help your students to really understand the properties of matter!  The Chocolate Chip experiment is our favorite!!
Next, I had students brainstorm other ways to melt the chocolate chips.  Of course, several said we could microwave them (which would be electricity) or put them on a stove (which would be burning).  Since we didn't have access to either of these options, I had students continue brainstorming and finally someone thought of using the sun's heat!
Solids, Liquids, & Gases Anchor Chart to help teach the states of matter.  I've shared a few easy to do science experiments that will help your students to really understand the properties of matter!  The Chocolate Chip experiment is our favorite!!
We placed our bags out in the sun for about 10 minutes...which worked perfectly!!
Solids, Liquids, & Gases Anchor Chart to help teach the states of matter.  I've shared a few easy to do science experiments that will help your students to really understand the properties of matter!  The Chocolate Chip experiment is our favorite!!
 They were so amazed it was warm!  :)
Finally, we discussed ways for our now liquid chocolate to turn back into a solid.
And everyone agreed that putting it in the freezer was the best option.
Solids, Liquids, & Gases Anchor Chart to help teach the states of matter.  I've shared a few easy to do science experiments that will help your students to really understand the properties of matter!  The Chocolate Chip experiment is our favorite!!
 The next day...we had solid chocolate again!  
Solids, Liquids, & Gases Anchor Chart to help teach the states of matter.  I've shared a few easy to do science experiments that will help your students to really understand the properties of matter!  The Chocolate Chip experiment is our favorite!!
They got to eat their chocolate, which of course made it "The Best Day Ever!"
Don't you love it when kids say that?!

Chocolate Chip Activity found at  Once Upon a First Grade Adventure

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8 comments

  1. Yes, I DO love it when something makes my students say it's the "best day ever" - it just makes me smile. Looks like more learning fun is being had in your class!

    ~Deb
    Crafting Connections

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  2. Love the chocolate experiment! What a great idea!

    Jamie
    teachingtidbit.blogspot.com

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  3. Thank you for sharing some great ways to demonstrate the properties of matter! I love the models made of cereal, and of course, you can't go wrong with anything that includes chocolate!

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth
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  4. Such a very cool activity! We teach this topic in the spring and I'll have to make a note of it. Who can resist chocolate?

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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  5. The cereal is a way better idea than what I tried this year for molecules...I won't even say what I tried... ;O)

    I love the chocolate idea too! Thanks for sharing your ideas!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  6. The chocolate experiment is great! What a great way to get the point across and when they are done they get to eat the chocolate!! It's a win, win!!

    Chelsea
    Fifth Grade Wit and
    Whimsy

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  7. The chocolate experiment would of course make it the "best day ever" love it! I might have talk our science teacher into this experiment so I can have some samples of the experiment ;)

    Love the idea!

    Amanda
    My Shoe String Life

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  8. Great post! I am going to have to refer back to this when we get to our matter unit! Thanks for the great ideas!

    Bethany
    FabandFunin4th!

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