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Objective #2: States of Matter

How does matter change, yet stay the same?

a. I can identify the different states of matter if given their properties. b. I can differentiate between the phase changes (melting, freezing, evaporation, condensation,
        sublimation) in terms of energy, motion & spacing, energy conservation, and Newton’s Laws.         c. I can infer the main ideas of the kinetic theory based on what happens during phase changes. d. I can analyze graphs of phase changes to determine what happens to the molecules and energy         of the substance throughout the graph. Vocabulary: kinetic theory, solid, liquid, gas, plasma, condensation, sublimation, law of conservation of matter (mass)

So, what do you already know about the States of Matter? 
Go take the pre-assessment in Juno, and then create a new Google spreadsheet.  In this spreadsheet, list the I can statement numbers for Objective #2 (2a, 2b, 2c, 2d) along the top row.  Then, based on your pre-assessment results, write the following:

For each I can statement you GET, describe what you get about it based on your pre-assessment.
For each I can statement you DON'T GET, describe what you're NOT getting about it.


In a mindmapping tool of your choice (Wisemapping, MindomoMind42, poster paper and markers, etc.), map out the answers to Objectives #2a, 2b, 2c, & 2d.  Google freely, my friends, without copying information into your mindmap!  Here's what you are to do:

a) Google.  Google well.  Only use .edu or .gov sites (use Google advanced search).  Don't know what to google?  Discuss what search terms would work the best with someone around you.
b) Discuss what you found while googling with someone else, getting it down into your own words.
c) Write down what you discussed in your mindmap.

Some caveats:

  • You may NOT write down the I cans in your mindmap.  Think of a central idea that all of these I can statements are teaching you, and put that in the middle.  Then, look at the I cans and develop the main topic of each one.  Put those main topics in your mindmap, and branch out from there.
  • Only 1-2 words per box, 1-2 words per connector.
  • You MUST label all connectors, either with a note or labeling the line itself if that's what your program allows you to do.


MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR MINDMAP UP AND READY FOR FIXING WHILE WATCHING THE VIDEOS.  You should be editing your mindmap, pausing the videos at any time in order to do that.  

Objective #2a:

Objective #2b:

Objective #2c:

Objective #2d:

Instead of a video, we will be doing an activity for this one.

  • Go to this website, and read the directions along the left-hand side.  Follow them.
  • After EACH substance, take a screenshot of the graph and save it to your computer.
  • After you are all finished, upload the screenshot of each graph to a new blog post.  Then, for each one, analyze the graph, explaining what happens to each substance's atoms in terms of: the energy of the atoms, the spacing of the atoms, the motion of the atoms, and how energy is conserved during each phase change

Now, make a copy of this pre-lab form. Write your hypothesis, making sure it answers the question!  Look at the picture of the materials below:

Show your hypothesis to Mrs. E or Mrs. Goodwin before filling out the rest of the form.  

You cannot do your lab until your hypothesis and pre-lab have been reviewed by a teacher in the room!