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All About The Matter!!!

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  This lesson provided by:  
Author:Stacy Serls Skanes
System: Montgomery County
School: Garrett Elementary School
The event this resource created for:ASTA
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 34531


All About The Matter!!!


Students will discover and explore types of matter all around us. The lesson includes a hands-on walking field trip to allow students to explore and discover types of matter.

This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
1 ) Conduct an investigation to describe and classify various substances according to physical properties (e.g., milk being a liquid, not clear in color, assuming shape of its container, mixing with water; mineral oil being a liquid, clear in color, taking shape of its container, floating in water; a brick being a solid, not clear in color, rough in texture, not taking the shape of its container, sinking in water).

NAEP Framework
NAEP Statement::
E4.6: Some Earth materials have properties either in their present form or after design and modification that make them useful in solving human problems and enhancing the quality of life, as in the case of materials used for building or fuels used for heating and transportation.

NAEP Statement::
P4.1: Objects and substances have properties. Weight (mass) and volume are properties that can be measured using appropriate tools.*

NAEP Statement::
P4.3: Matter exists in several different states; the most common states are solid, liquid, and gas. Each state of matter has unique properties. For instance, gases are easily compressed while solids and liquids are not. The shape of a solid is independent of its container; liquids and gases take the shape of their containers.

Unpacked Content
Scientific And Engineering Practices:
Planning and Carrying out Investigations
Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns
Disciplinary Core Idea: Matter and Its Interactions
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Conduct an investigation to produce data that is used as evidence to describe and classify various substances according to physical properties.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Solid
  • Liquid
  • Physical Properties
  • Investigate
  • Classify
  • Opaque
  • Transparent
  • Translucent
  • Rough
  • Smooth
  • Float
  • Sink
  • Shape
  • Various
  • Substances
  • Conduct
  • Describe
Students know:
  • Different kinds of matter exists.
  • Properties of both solids (opaque, transparent, translucent, rough, smooth, float, sink, has its own shape) and liquids (color, assumes shape of container, opaque, transparent, translucent).
  • Many types of matter can be either solid or liquid, depending on temperature.
Students are able to:
  • Plan and conduct an investigation to produce data that is used to describe and classify substances according to physical properties.
Students understand that:
  • Observable patterns in the properties of materials provide evidence to classify the different kinds of materials.
AMSTI Resources:
AMSTI Module:
Solids and Liquids, FOSS

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SCI.AAS.2.1- Participate in investigations to describe and sort various substances according to physical properties.

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

The students will form a hypothesis about what are different forms of matter.

Then students will explore different materials during a walking field trip to classify various substances according to physical properties.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

sticky notes

white board


What is the World Made Of? By Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld 

science journal

chart paper

Technology Resources Needed:



The teacher will define the words solid, liquid, and gas.

The teacher will read the book, What is the World Made Of?, aloud to the students

The teacher will draw an idea chart on the chart paper for the students to place their sticky notes after completing the scavenger hunt. 


The teacher will introduce the lesson by reading What is the World Made Of? to the class. 

After reading the book, the students will then form a hypothesis in their journal about what matter is.

The students will place their hypothesis on a sticky note and add to the bottom of the chart paper. We will then have a class discussion about the different ideas the students had about matter.  

The teacher should encourage the class to record other students' responses in their journal as well.

After the discussion the class will then take a walking field trip around the school, and they will list some items that are different kinds of matter.

Once the task is completed, the student-generated lists will be displayed on the chart to be placed in the room as a reference chart of different types of matter.

The teacher will have a quick "what did you learn?" class discussion about their findings.

Students will complete an exit slip where they have to list an object from each state of matter under the correct type.


Assessment Strategies

The teacher will have a quick "what did you learn?" class discussion about their findings.

Students will complete an exit slip where they have to list an object from each state of matter under the correct type.


After the walking field trip, the students will have to list five extra examples of the three different types of matter.


The students will work with a partner to help find different types of matter.

View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.