Elementary Science

Properties of Matter Lesson

I am doing a lesson with first graders. They are expected to classify objects by observable properties of the materials from which they are made such as size, shape, color, and texture. What are some fun materials I can use in order to help the students classify the objects by these properties? I planned to use shells but I’m not sure if that would work out that well. 

Yesenia Alberto
Yesenia Alberto
350 Activity Points

For gas matter you could use balloons, (maybe even one with helium), basketball (or any type of ball)..

Liquids you can use pretty much anything like water of course, gel, honey, sauces.. etc.  

Brenda Velasco Mizenko
Brenda Velasco
2585 Activity Points

 If your lesson is about understanding the properties of gases, liquids, and solids, go with the good ideas Brenda suggested, and include water in both liquid and frozen forms. If the lesson is more about making detailed observations of  objects, you might use scraps of many different kinds of fabrics. The observations could focus on attributes such as color, texture, woven/knit, thickness, and stretchiness.  In observing shells children can observe and describe shape, color, and structural design.

 Best wishes, Peggy 

Peggy Ashbrook
Margaret Ashbrook
8395 Activity Points

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