Saturday, September 3, 2011

Annotated Bib - Matter

Learning about the states of matter gives children a new way to label objects in the world around them and it also provides one of their first introductions to chemistry. Because reading about solids, liquids, and gases for the first time may be confusing for some children, books should be chosen that are easy to read and provide examples. Opportunities to try experiments which accompany these new ideas should be included in a lesson about states of matter.

This post suggests books which satisfy the SOL for grade 2. A few of the books are easy reads which provide a friendly introduction to the idea of different types of matter by including lots of pictures, humor, and descriptions of everyday objects. Some encourage the type of thinking that is required for a student to determine a particular object's matter-type. A few of the books include experiment ideas which work particularly well in the classroom.

Change It!: Solids, Liquids, Gases, and You.
By Adrienne Mason. Illustrated by Claudia Davila. 2006. 32p. Kids Can Press, (1553378385). Gr K-2.

This book provides a very basic introduction to solids, liquids, and gases and should probably be used for students who are struggling in reading. The book provides ideas for experiments.

By Salvatore Tocci. 2002. 48p. Childrens Pr, (0516273523). Gr. 1-3.

This book is full of ideas for experiments dealing with the properties of matter. The book contains a glossary and index as well as pages of ideas for further reading and exploration for the independent child.

By Darlene Stille. 2004. 24p. Picture Window Books, (1404803440). Gr. K-2.

This book describes how matter exists in the simple objects around us. It provides simple descriptions of how solids, liquids, and gases change form.

By Richard Spilsbury. 2008. 32p. Enslow Elementary, (0766030946). Gr 1-3.

This book provides a basic description of solids, liquids, and gases and examples of each. It is full of pictures and safety tips. It provides ideas for science experiments.

What is the World Made of? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases. By Paul Meisel and Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld. 1990. 32p. Collins, (0064451631). Gr. K-2.

This is another basic approach to learning about the states of matter and it includes a lot of humor. The book uses everyday objects as examples of types of matter.

This website is useful for teachers who would like to use worksheets, activities, or songs to teach their 2nd graders about the states of matter.

Diagrams About States of Matter for Kids
This website is useful for kids to look at diagrams which explain about the states of matter. Teachers may also use these in class.

This website provides an animated movie that is kid-friendly about the states of matter.

Children are provided a recipe for "ooze," which teaches them how to tell the difference between liquid and solid states of matter.

This website provides teachers and students with detailed information about the states, structures, and properties of matter.

For Teachers
VA Standards of Learning
2.3: The student will investigate and understand basic properties of solids, liquids, and gases. Key concepts include:
a) identification of distinguishing characteristics of solids, liquids, and gases;
c) changes in phases of matter with the addition or removal of energy.

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