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States of Matter Scavenger Hunt

Students hunt for different states of matter on the school grounds
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Chemistry: States of Matter, Properties of Materials (K-7)
Science topic (2005 curriculum connection): 
Physical Science: Properties of Matter (grade 2)
  • Worksheet for each student: column headings are object/solid/liquid/gas
  • Clipboard for each student
  • Pencil for each student

Discuss what a solid, liquid and gas are.
A solid is hard. The particles are packed together so tightly that we cannot push through it and we can see it.
A liquid we can see but the particles are further apart, so it can flow and we can move it around with our hand.
A gas we cannot see as the particles are so far apart. But we can feel the particles hitting our hand (wave hand through the air).

Students are given a clipboard holding their scavenger hunt worksheet, and a pencil.
Students hunt around the classroom or school grounds looking for solids, liquids and gases. They write down each item and check off whether it is a solid, liquid or gas. They should try and find at least one of each state.
Gather to review and discuss.

Grades tested: 
Gr 1
Gr 2
Anke Barabulea
Teaching site: 
General Gordon Elementary