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States Of Matter: A Solid Lesson Where Liquids can be a Gas!

from Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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This lesson is an introduction to the states of matter, using your classroom as both a video conference studio and active lab area! Be prepared for some wet and wild demonstrations as your students learn about how temperature can affect the physical properties of matter and relate this information to everyday
experiences. Using simple materials in a kit sent to your school, you and the class explore the physical changes of matter as they transition from solid to liquid to gas and examine the properties of each phase of matter. Our Science Instructors will carry out the same experiments in the Museum studio, so students can compare our results with their own. Bring a towel (or two)!

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About This Program


By Request: $180.00

A $10 fee is part of the program fee, to ship our kit of materials to your school. This kit can be reused up to 3 times if your are booking several 'States of Matter' programs with us, and only one shipping fee will be charged. If you are planning on more than 3 programs, we can stock one kit with extra supplies to cover this.

Discounts available for 5 or more programs booked at the same time,


60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

For optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 30 students.

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

Although the content can be delivered in 45 minutes, we suggest planning on an hour for set-up and clean-up at your site.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made at least seven days before the scheduled appointment. Failure to cancel in advance will result in being charged the price of the program. There is no charge if your program is cancelled due to weather or unforeseen technical problems.

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland, OH
United States

Our Mission Statement: To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future.
CMNH programs address appropriate Revised Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science and Social Studies, and the National Health Education Standards.

Matt Walters

Program Details


1. The first step of this program is making sure that your "Table of Science" is ready and easy to clean up.
2. Introduction of key vocabulary terms.
3. Students demonstrate the action of molecules in solids, liquids, and gases.
4. Teacher assists student volunteers to carry out several hands-on activities involving ice, water, sand, balloons, and other items as the Museum Educator gives instructions.
5. At the end of each activity, students all review the molecular action of that particular state of matter.
6. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


Students will:
Identify the properties of solids, liquids and gases.
Observe how these properties change as a substance undergoes a change in state.
Understand the relationship between temperature and states of matter.
Compare the motion of molecules within different states of matter.
Relate changes of state to aspects of their daily life.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

See Ohio Academic Content Standards below.

State Standards

Grade 1 Science: Physical Science-Motion and Materials

•Properties of objects and materials can change.
Grade 2 Science: Earth and Space Science-The Atmosphere
•The atmosphere is made up of air.
•Water is present in the air.
Grade 3 Science: Physical Science-Matter and Forms of Energy
•All objects and substances in the natural world are composed of matter.
•Matter exists in different states, each of which has different properties.
Grade 4: Physical Science-Electricity, Heat and Matter
•The total amount of matter is conserved when it undergoes a change.