States of Matter: A Cooperative Learning Lesson
May 3, 2010
will identify the three states of matter.
will categorize particle arrangement, shape, and volume of the three
states of matter.
year old students (6th grade)
paper (3 different colors), folded into 3
hand out construction paper folded up. Explain to students that they are
going to be doing an activity today and that they can’t open their cards
what students already know about matter:
has volume (takes up space)
is made of atoms
and molecules in matter are always moving (just learned this).
what they are going to be learning today: the three states of matter and
how the three different states behave. Key Concept is that when a
substance changes from one state to another, the molecules do not
change….only their arrangement does.
how first, they are going to become experts in one of the states of
textbook p. 27 and 28. Find their state of matter on the following pages.
Read about their individual state of matter.
notes in the center of their paper. Stress writing important bullet
notes, not copying down full paragraphs. Important notes are about
particle arrangement, shape and volume.
particles in bottom third of paper. Pay close attention to picture on p.
how this card is going to be their teaching tool for when we change
students gather together in their states of matter groups. They can work
together to create state of matter card. (10-15 min)
to students how the jigsaw will work. Without talking, they will need to
find their “States of Matter” partners. (A group of solid, liquid and
gas). There will be some groups of 4.
explain how students will need to share their teaching tool (their
construction paper) with their group. While they are learning, students
should complete 1.4 outlines (chart). (15 min).
students, gather into regular seats.
outlines and states of matter cards.
Step 2 to reinforce today’s lesson.
Potential Next Steps/Adaptations
we will review the states of matter for 10 minutes with formative and
authentic forms of assessment. A
quiz will be given to assess what the student’s have learned today.