How I’d Teach the 3 States of Matter to 2nd Graders (With a Free Printable Matter Anchor Chart!)

As we dive into the world of solids, liquids, and gases with 2nd graders, here’s a tried-and-true approach to bring the states of matter to life in your classroom.

Step 1: The Explicit States of Matter Lesson

Introduce the Concept: Start with a simple explanation. Matter is everything around us and it comes in three forms – solids, liquids, and gases. Use everyday examples: ice (solid), water (liquid), and steam (gas).

Visual Aids: Employ charts and images to visually represent the states of matter.

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Game: What’s the Matter? Chant as a class ‘What’s the Matter?’ and then students have to find something in the classroom that is made of matter and explain what state it’s in.

Step 2: Interactive Activities and Chants

Solids: The Freeze Dance Game

Activity: Play the Freeze Dance game. When the music stops, students freeze like solids, where particles are closely packed and don’t move freely.

Chant: 🎵 “Solid, solid, it doesn’t flow,
Holds its shape, steady as we go!
Particles close, moving oh so slow,
In the world of solids, we’re pros!” 🎵

Liquids: Water Relay Race

Activity: Organize a relay race where students carry water in spoons from one point to another. This illustrates how liquids can change shape but maintain volume.

Chant: 🎵 “Liquid, liquid, it flows away,
Changing shape, in a sway!
Particles move in a dance so free,
Liquid’s the state we love to see!” 🎵

Gases: Balloon Bash

Activity: Use balloons to demonstrate gases. When balloons are inflated, they show how gases fill and expand space.

Chant: 🎵 “Gas, gas, it fills the air,
Expanding around, here and there!
Particles fast, moving with flair,
Gas is the state that’s everywhere!” 🎵

Step 3: Reflection and Reinforcement

End the lesson with a discussion. Encourage students to talk about what they learned and ask questions. This reinforces the concepts and ensures understanding.

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