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States of Matter: Teachers

Molecules, Compounds and Mixtures

Make Ooze with these instructions, then use this lesson plan to make it more meaningful.


Here is a great refresher on molecules, compounds and mixtures to update your own knowledge or to share with your class.

You might want to try this one from McDanial College on your interactive whiteboard — lots of great information, fun sound effects, and interaction too.

Here is another source for teaching states of matter using your interactive whiteboard as your text. Great reading information and well organized in chapters.

Atoms, Elements, and Compounds

Here is a good overview on atoms, the building blocks of matter.


If you have access to HyperStudio — this lesson might interest you. It is more like a unit on states of matter — lots to use with your upper grade students.

For K-2 teachers, the Ruff Ruffman Show from PBS is a great resource for teaching about states of matter. The collection includes complete teaching guides, five engaging videos, and hands-on activities. Available in Spanish.

Super Teacher Resource

States of Matter Jeopardy to use with your interactive whiteboard.


Super teacher resource for games, worksheets, diagrams, videos — you name it — all about matter here.

Here is a terrific worksheet about the three states of matter. It helps students see the relationship of the atoms and how they work in each of the different states. Vocabulary practice at the end.

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