Friday, January 20, 2012

Marvelous Matter

We wrapped up our matter unit today! I think I saw some tears. Haha! The first and second graders looooove matter.... it's a little strange, but I'm down.

So here are a few more things we did this week!

Yesterday, we played Matter Scoot! I saw this activity on a few people's blogs so I tried it out. If you've never played before, I will fill you in! On each kid's desk there should be a question (or task) and a number. You give the students a paper with an answer space for each numbered desk, and they move from desk to desk filling in their answer sheet. For my matter scoot game, the students looked at pictures and had to write whether the object in the picture was a solid, liquid, or gas and a property of the object.

They looooved this! I even took a video for you!

Today we took our end-of-the-chapter test. Part of it was the traditional paper-and-pencil situation (which they all did amazingly on!), and another part was completing a states of matter foldable.

They did well with this! I asked them to cut out 3 solids and 3 liquids and just try to find a gas. If they couldn't find one, they were allowed to draw a picture and label it. They had a good old time. I didn't grade these yet but based on my circulation around the room... I think they all rocked it. :)

And I'll leave you with something cute. As I said yesterday, we had indoor recess for both the morning and lunch recesses. At lunch recess, since it's almost 30 minutes long, we do Adventure to Fitness, but in the morning I let them do whatever. I have some games or they'll play on the geoboards.

Anyway, 3 of the kids came up to me during recess and said, "Look! We made solid, liquid, and gas out of legos!!"
The big white part is ice. There is a little blue because it's melting a little bit, haha. The big blue part is water. The little white part is a chimney with air coming out of it! We had just talked about how the heating or cooling can change the state of matter, so this really made my day!!


  1. What a great game! We just finished our matter unit too and I think this would be great to play to just come back and review with them :) Thanks for sharing!

    Lisa :)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  2. I love scoot!
    and I just did a post yesterday in something like this for matter searching using ads :) I like the use of foldables!

  3. I love scoot! We do it all the time in my room! :) What a fun culminating activity!
    Stories From Second

  4. I love Scoot too! I should rephrase that, my students love it!! Thanks for the video, it was a great visual.
    Kristen :)

  5. I hate teaching matter. I think I need to hire you.
    Love the lego matter - how cute is that???
    And how many students do you have? 12? It looks like 18 of my kids are absent.
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  6. I wasn't in 2nd grade when they learned the states of matter. This would have been SO useful. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I really like the scoot idea! I'm glad the matter unit was a complete hit/success!


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