Do you know that there are really five states of matter, but we pretty much only need to know three? The things we learn while homeschooling is mind-blowing. I am speaking about what we parents learn. Use these free resources and free worksheets all about states of matter to get kids engaged in science.
Learning science can be super interesting – especially when we can get kids away from the textbook and into fun, hands-on lessons.
When it comes to science, there are many ways we can keep kids engaged. The states of matter are one of those topics that lend themselves well to hands-on learning.
What are the states of matter?
Like I mentioned above, we may really only need to teach our kids about the three states of matter. However, the other two are plasmas and man-made Bose-Einstein condensates (BEC).
Now you know why I won’t go into those two – mostly because I don’t know much about them myself. I will leave those for higher-level learning, like universities and colleges.
Here are the three states of matter we are most familiar with:
1. Solids – These are materials that hold their form and shape. Basically, if left untouched, the content will not “flow.”
2. Liquids – These are substances that take the shape of the container they are in. Milk, for instance, fills a gallon and forms to that shape. Then it pours into a cup or bowl, filling those objects and taking their shape.
3. Gases – This substance takes the characteristic of the air around us. They also take the shape of their container but are much lighter than a liquid is. Where liquid only fills from the bottom up, a gas fills up any available space in a container.
Science Explorers has excellent explanations for each of these to share with our kids in the Guide to Teaching Children About the States of Matter.
Changes in matter:
Now, matter, of course, can change from one state to the other. This means its physical condition changes. For instance, a solid can morph into liquid form, and liquid can turn into a gas form.
We see this every day as we fill our ice trays with water in the freezer and when we heat water to a boil. Many of us, or maybe just me in my absent-mindedness, know that if we do not turn the boiling water off, it ultimately turns into gas or evaporation.
These very cool changes are precisely why using a textbook alone, doesn’t work well with science. How can we teach about condensation and evaporation without “showing” kids? Yes, they can view pictures, but making it happen is super cool – and they will never forget the lesson.
So, in addition to these free worksheets all about states of matter, I have included free activities, free learning tools, and experiments.
Enjoy these FREE worksheets all about states of matter:
Various States of Matter FREE PDFs | Super Teacher Worksheets
3 States of Matter FREE Worksheets | Worksheet Place
Easy States of Matter FREE Worksheet | Easy Teacher Worksheets
Identifying States of Matter: Solid, Liquid, Gas? FREE Download | Education.com
The States of Matter FREE Facts & Worksheets | kidskonnect
Downloadable States of Matter FREE Worksheet (Requires Sign-up)| KidsAcademy
(Requires Sign-up) Teacher Resources for States of Matter | Lesson Planet
FREE Solid Liquid Gas ( Phases of Matter ) Worksheet | Tailored By Jessica Naylor
Identifying the Different States of Matter Worksheet | The Teaching Toque
FREE Science Lesson – “States of Matter Worksheet“| The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs
States of Matter FREE Word Search | Monster Word Search
FREE Copy of the States of Matter Resource | Mrs B’s Beehive
These FREE resources will help you teach states of matter in your homeschool:
States of Matter Word Wall (FREEBIE) | Trending in Third
What’s the Matter FREE Poem and Posters | What the Teacher Wants
States of Matter Chemistry Unit for Elementary | In All You Do
Superhero States of Matter Science FREE Lesson | Look We’re Learning
States of Matter FREEBIE! (Sorting States of Matter) | Sheila Melton
FREEBIE! K-1 All About MATTER Unit by Science Doodles | Science and Math Doodles
States of Matter Learning Pages (FREE) | This Reading Mama
The videos below will be a segue into actual activities and experiments:
Matter Foldable and Modeling Matter Video | BetterLesson
FREE Video on States of Matter | Khan Academy
States of Natter games and activities to get kids engaged and having fun:
FREE States of Matter Game | Forever In Third Grade
Activities for Kids – States of Matter | Playdough to Plato
FREE States of Matter, Phase Change Quiz Game | Science from Murf LLC
States of Matter FREE Quiz | Southern in Second
Solids Liquids Gasses FREE Activity | Practice Makes Perfect Almost
Graphic Organizer & Flip Book – States of Matter FREEBIES | Cutesy Clickables by Collaboration Cuties
FREE Interactive Game: Which state of matter is each object in? | The Blue Brain Teacher
States of Matter FREE Sorting Cards | Gift of Curiosity
FREE Properties of Matter Chart | Math Worksheets 4 Kids
States of Matter FREE PDF Graphic Organizer | Squarehead Teachers
States of Matter Journaling and Reflection Pages Subscriber FREEBIE| Little Smarticle Particles
Cool States of Matter MUST TRY Activities and Experiments | Kids Academy
Explore these fun experiments with your kids at home for a full learning experience:
15 States of Matter Science Experiments for Kids | Mom for All Seasons
Easy & Fun Solid, Liquid, Gas Science Experiment with FREE Printable Page | Lessons for Little Ones
FREE States of Matter Science Experiment | 1 Mom Against Money
States of Matter in a Baggie | Education.com
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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