What's the Matter WebQuest

Virginia Science SOL 5.4, 3.3, 2.3
Stephanie Shull, Lori Kessinger, Erica Salvi
Radford University Teacher Education

Introduction | Task | Advice | Process | Conclusion | Culminating Activity

INTRODUCTION
Imagine you and your friends are molecules! When you are put into the freezer, you are squeezed tightly together to make a solid. When you are taken out, the temperature is warmer, you can move around more and you become a liquid. You are put in a kettle! Yikes! You become hot and you move even further apart as you become so light that you are gaseous and float into the air.

Solid, liquid, and gas are all terms you recognize, they are states of matter. The ice in your glass is a solid. The Coke in your glass is a liquid. The steam from a teapot is a gas. These are all examples of states of matter.

TASK
You will visit a Website full of information about matter! You will be paired with another student for this activity. You will be asked to read some of this information and answer questions based on what you read. Then you will write your answers in your science notebook.

ADVICE
You may want to print off a hard copy of the Web site. Use what we have talked about in class to help you with the questions also! Do a good job to get a good grade!

PROCESS

Click Here > http://www.nyu.edu/pages/mathmol/textbook/statesofmatter.html
Read the paragraph under the heading "MATTER." Then answer the following question.
What are the three states of matter?
Read the first paragraph under the heading "SOLIDS." Then answer the following questions.
What is the example of a solid that you read about in the paragraph?
What is an example of a solid found in the classroom?
What would happen if you put water into a freezer?
Read the first paragraph under the heading "LIQUIDS."   Then answer the following questions.
What is the example of a liquid that you read about in the paragraph?
What are some examples of liquids found in the cafeteria?
What causes a solid to change to a liquid?
Read all the information under the heading "GASES." Then answer the following questions.
A gas is matter that has no ________ or ________ of its own.
When a parent boils water at home what state of matter is this? (a) solid (b) liquid (c) gas
How do you know it is that state?

CONCLUSION
You should now know the three states of matter, and examples of each.

CULMINATING ACTIVITY
Click here > http://www.brainpop.com/science/matter/statesofmatter/index.weml
Watch a video! Pay close attention, because you’ll have questions after the video. Answer these questions on-line. You can watch the video again if you need to. Remember to put your listening ears on!

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