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Students will differentiate between solids, liquids, and gases. Students will:

  • define solids, liquids, and gases.

  • identify solids, liquids, and gases based on particle activity.

  • explain the difference between volume and mass.


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  • Solid: The state of matter in which the volume and shape of a substance is fixed.

  • Liquid: The state of matter that has a definite volume, but not a definite shape.

  • Gas: The state of matter that has no definite volume or shape.

  • Physical Property: Properties used to observe and describe matter without changing the identity of the substance. Examples are color, density, and hardness.

  • Chemical Property: Properties that describe how a substance changes into a completely different substance. Examples are flammability and resistance to corrosion.

  • Volume: The amount of space taken up by a three dimensional object. Can be interchangeable with capacity, when referring to the volume within or contained by another object.

  • Capacity: The ability to absorb or contain another object.

  • Mass: The amount of matter in an object.

  • Matter: Anything that has mass and takes up space. Three common states of matter are solid, liquid, and gas.


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120 minute/ 1–2 class periods


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