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States & Phases of Matter Lesson Overview

The student will collect and analyze data on the kinetic energy of molecules through the different states of matter. Throughout the lab, students will be modeling the process of adding and removing energy from matter which leads to phase changes. Students will use their knowledge of states of matter to introduce the relative amount of kinetic energy in each state of matter, how changes in the kinetic energy can causes phase changes in matter, and what those phase changes are called.


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70 Minutes
Individual or Pairs
PTI Inquiry
3.1, 4.2, 4.4, 5.8, 7.3
Lesson Components Time Inquiry Skills Tech. Used Engage Level Brief Description
Engage 10 min 5.2, 5.3 Smartboard, Computer, Projector 2 Students watch a video clip on EdPuzzle:
Explore 20 min 3.1 none 3 Student will roll dice to add or remove energy as they change states of matter.
Explain 20 min 4.2, 4.4, 5.4, 5.8, 7.3 none 3 Students graph their data and answer reflection questions about states of matter and phase changes.
Expand 10 min 7.3 none 3 Students will apply their knowledge of states of matter and phase changes in a game of Quiz-Quiz-Trade.
Evaluate 10 min 7.3 none 2 Students will complete States and Phases of Matter Assessment.

Level of Student Engagement
1     Low     Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction
2     Medium     Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance
3     High     Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered

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