Sort It Out - States of Water - liquid, gas, solid
Subject/Sub-Subject: Science/Physical Science
Title: Sort It Out - States of Water - liquid, gas, solid
Students will sort pictures of the different states of water into the following categories: solid, liquid or gas.
There are different states of matter.Investigative Question
What are the three states of water?
|Learners:||Geared for kindergarten students working in a small group. The pictures in the lesson are appropriate for second language students as well as students with a broad range of abilities.|
|Prior Content Knowledge:||N/A|
Virginia Standards of Learning
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Sort-it-Out: States of Water, liquid, gas, solid
There are different states of matter.
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Pictures of water in three different forms, printed out from above.
Sort Headings: solid, liquid, gas.
I backed the above items on construction paper and laminated them. I also used
magnetic tape so that they could be sorted on my white board under the appropriate heading.
Analysis of Student Learning
Students were quickly able to sort items that were solids and liquids. They understood that both items consisted of water in different forms. Some of the students wanted to sort the pictures by whether or not they had people in them or no people in them. I had to focus them on the "big picture". The gas form was more difficult for them to understand but most of them, by process of elimination were able to figure out if the picture was a solid, liquid or a gas.
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Sorting allows the teacher to see what students are thinking and allows students to recognize what they know as well.
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Reflections and Recommendations
Some of the students wanted to sort the pictures by whether or not they had people in them or no people in them. I had to focus them on the "big picture". The gas form was more difficult for them to understand but most of them, by process of elimination were able to figure out if the picture was a solid, liquid, or a gas. I would recommend doing this lesson in a small group. I would also recommend showing them a glass of water vs. an ice cube to further the visual understanding of solid and liquid.
Authors and Contributors
- Margot Bowers
- Carlin Springs Elementary School, Arlington County Public Schools, Virginia
Library of Congress Items
Library of Congress items used in this Lesson Plan.
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|Lee, R. 1903. Monterey County, California. Pacific Ocean. Library of Congress: American Memory, America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945.|
|Horydczak, T. ca.1920-ca.1950. Clouds. Scattered clouds. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Horydczak Collection .|
|Brumfield, W. C. 1998. Theater Square, ice hill for 1999 New Year's celebration, Arkhangelsk, Russia. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Brumfield Collection.|
|Unknown. 1920-1929. [Eskimo building an igloo; completing the first layer of ice blocks]. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Carpenter Collection.|
|Unknown. n.d.. Licking blocks of ice on hot day. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Bain Collection.|
|Keystone View Co. c1909. A castle of glittering ice--Montreal's Midwinter Carnival, Canada. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs.|
|Bartlett, C. W. c1919. Hawaii / CWB. . Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Fine Prints.|
|Moser, N. 1911. The Atlantic. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs.|
|Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc. 1939. World's Fair night views. Lagoon pool water fountain display. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Gottscho-Schleisner Collection .|
|Unknown. 1917. [Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming]. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Miscellaneous Items in High Demand.|
|Beam, G. 1924?. Ruby Canyon W. of Utah line steam shovel . Library of Congress: American Memory, History of the American West, 1860-1920: Photographs from the Collection of the Denver Public Library.|