States of Matter

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject: Science

Grade: 3

Unit: States of Matter

Pacing: September-November

Essential Question(s):

3.1-3   Why does the magnet stick to the refrigerator?

3.1-5    After a swim, would you rather dry yourself off with a napkin or bath
             towel? Why?

3.1-6    Why would you eat an ice pop quickly on a hot day?  What could you do if
             you wanted to save some for later?

               

Big Idea(s):

3.1-3      Like poles repel and unlike poles attract

3.1-5      Some materials absorb more liquid than other materials                     

3.1-6      Changes in temperature can affect the state of matter

 

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

3.1-3  Carry out simple tests to determine if materials dissolve, sink or float in water; conduct heat; or attract to magnets

 

3.1-5  Design and conduct fair tests to investigate the absorbency of different materials, write conclusions based on evidence, and analyze why similar investigations might produce different results

*Embedded task in Science Lab

3.1-6 Explain the role of heating and cooling in changing matter from one state to another during freezing, melting, evaporation and condensation

3.1-2 Demonstrate that solids, liquids and gases are all forms of matter that take up space and have weight

 

3.1-1 Compare and contrast the properties of solids, liquids and gasses

 

3.1-4 Classify materials based on their observable properties including states of matter

 

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

 

3.1-3

Matter:

Dissolve

Sink

Float

Conduct (heat)

 

Magnets (attract, repel

 

 

 

3.1-5

Absorbency

 

 

 

 

3.1-6

Matter:

Solids

Liquids

Gases

 

 

 

3.1-3
Experiment and conclude (why certain materials sink or float in water)  (why certain materials attract or repel)

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.1-5

Test and compare absorbency of different materials

 

 

 

3.1-6

Explain (the roles of heating and cooling in changing the states of matter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

3.1-3  Magnets

No materials

 

3.1-5 Absorbency

Embedded task in Science Lab

 

3.1-6 States of Matter

 

Delta Investigations 4,5,7-11

Delta Science Readers: Sink or Float?

Harcourt Readers: Heat, Light ,and Sound,  Changes in Matter, and A Matter of Change

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Condensation

Evaporation

Gas

Liquid

Solid

Mass

Matter

Absorb

State of matter

Temperature

Volume

Attract

Repel

Poles

Magnet

Sink

Float

Dissolve

Conduct

Enrichment/Extension

States of Matter: http://www.chem.purdue.edu/gchelp/atoms/states.html

Fact Monster: http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/sci/A0831162.html

Teachers.net http://teachers.net/lessonplans/

ProTeacher  http://www.proteacher.com/

 

Interdisciplinary Connections

Delta Science Readers:               Sink or Float?

Harcourt Readers: 

Heat, Light, and Sound

Changes in Matter     

A Matter of Change

 

Writing Prompt

Write a letter to a friend telling them about your favorite science investigation from this unit.  Be sure to include as many details about the investigation as possible.

 

Your friend ______ was out sick today.  Write a letter to him/her telling about our science investigation.

 

Magnets:  You wake up one morning and find that your hands have turned into magnets.  Tell what your day is like. 

 

Absorbency: Imagine you are a newspaper reporter.  You are investigating the Super Absorbency Paper Towel Company.  They say their paper towels absorb more than any other brand.  You do several tests to see if they are telling the truth.  Write an article about your findings.

States of Matter: Suppose aliens abducted you as you were walking to school.  They do not know that water can change from one state of matter to another.  If you want to get home you have to teach the aliens about the states of matter.  Write a story about your adventure.