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How do you identify Matter?

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Title: The Physics of Whipped Cream
Description: One of the last experiments conducted by the Columbia crew has shed a new light on the puzzling physics of some everyday substances such as blood, ketchup, motor oil and whipped cream.
URL: https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2 ...

Title: Nobel Prize - Why Particles Have Mass
Description: This is an article from 2013 on the discovery of the Higgs Boson and its meaning to understanding matter.
URL: https://physics.aps.org/articles/v6/111

Title: Sugar Density Column
Description: Using test tubes, water, sugar, and food coloring students build density columns. The page includes a link to a short video on the procedure.
URL: https://middleschoolscience.com/2015/11/02/sugar-densit ...

Title: Properties of Matter
Description: This tutorial/reading describes the physical and chemical properties of matter.
URL: https://www.ck12.org/book/CK-12-Physical-Science-For-Mi ...

Title: What Is Matter/
Description: This tutorial guides you through a study of the properties of matter, states of matter, and physical/chemical changes in matter.
URL: http://eschooltoday.com/science/states-and-behaviour-of ...

Title: Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter
Description: Compare and contrast chemical and physical properties and changes. The flowchart diagram will help.
URL: https://chem.libretexts.org/Textbook_Maps/Inorganic_Che ...

Title: What Is Matter?
Description: With water as an example, this video describes the properties of matter. (PBS 1:16)
URL: https://witf.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/psu06-nano.s ...

Title: Reversible and Irreversible Changes
Description: This fun on-line activity lets you experiment with reversible and irreversible changes in matter.
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/materials/cha ...

Title: Matter
Description: This webpage host an interactive multimedia animation about the three states of matter. Teachers can insert this animation into their interactive presentations and/or assign the site to students as a tutorial or for reinforcement of content purposes.
URL: http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/states_of_matter ...

Title: D4K: States of Matter
Description: This page includes a table of the properties of the three states of matter.
URL: http://idahoptv.org/sciencetrek/topics/matter/facts.cfm

Title: Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter
Description: Look at 1) intensive vs extensive properties of matter and 2) physical vs chemical properties.
URL: https://courses.lumenlearning.com/boundless-chemistry/c ...

Title: Glitter Globe
Description: Make something that is pretty and fun to play with. Experiment with liquids that do not mix, watch them flow and learn about polar and nonpolar molecules.
URL: http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/glitter.h ...

Title: How Big Were Moai's?
Description: In this NOVA game, you can find out the mass of a Moai by comparing its weight to a herd of elephants.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostempires/easter/big.htm ...

Title: Halite
Description: Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the mineral Halite at this site. Topics include general information, physical and optical properties and classification.
URL: http://webmineral.com/data/Halite.shtml

Title: Minnesota Science Teachers Education Project
Description: MnSTEP (Minnesota Science Teachers Education Project) is a Professional Development Program presented by Hamline University. There is a Teaching Activity Collection which the user can browze and search by topics. The results are experiments and activities to use in grades 2-12. There are several chromatography activities for grades 2-8 and each has a different learning goal.
URL: https://serc.carleton.edu/sp/mnstep/activities/27397.ht ...

Title: Science Fair Projects
Description: The purpose of this website is to help students, parents, teachers with their science fair assignments. The page offers topics, ideas and experiments. There are resources, sample projects by academic level. This website references other websites that have paper chromatography experiments.
URL: https://www.juliantrubin.com/fairprojects.html

Title: Roxisteele GK-12 Program
Description: Roxi Steele is a Plant Biology Ph.D. graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. This website highlights her scientific work with a vine from the cucumber family. She also explains how she selected a science career as a mechanical engineer but than changed to botany. She works with elementary students in other countries but received an NSF grant to work with middle school students. The section entitled GK-12 program provides a teacher guide and student worksheet for doing chromatography of spinach leaves.
URL: http://web.biosci.utexas.edu/roxisteele/default.htm

Title: Molecules Matter
Description: This lesson introduces students to a study of matter and what matter does. Students explore models and demonstrations of molecules and molecular motion. Resources include readings, handouts, a video and hands-on activities.
URL: http://www.middleschoolchemistry.com/lessonplans/chapte ...

Title: Physical & Chemical Properties-Changes Foldable
Description: In this lesson, students cut out the properties of matter and place them in the correct box. Worksheets are available to download.
URL: https://middleschoolscience.com/2015/02/24/physical-che ...

Title: Teacher Resource: Matter
Description: This teacher resource has eight lessons investigating chemical and physical changes in matter. The lessons are complete with printable handouts and assessments.
URL: https://www.uen.org/core/science/sciber/TRB5/I.shtml

Title: Physical Change Activities
Description: This page by the American Chemical Society contains links to 33 lessons on physical change. Click on an activity for complete instructions and printable worksheets.
URL: http://www.inquiryinaction.org/classroomactivities/topi ...

Title: Building Blocks of Matter
Description: In this lesson, students describe the structure of an atom, construct models demonstrating atomic structure, and construct models demonstrating basic atom bonding.
URL: https://witf.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/psu06-nano.s ...

Title: Hot and Cold Colors
Description: How does temperature effect the dispersal of color? Try this activity and find out. It includes assessments, extensions, and links to other resources.
URL: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/hot-and-cold-colors/

Title: Exploring the
Description: Play with this unknown substance and chart its various properties.
URL: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teachi ...

Title: Properites of Matter Unit
Description: This is a page by a middle school science teacher on the properties of matter. It contains unit starters, unit assignments, and printable worksheets.
URL: http://chburrellscience.weebly.com/properties-of-matter ...

Title: Science Rocks - Water Density
Description: This easy to follow experiment on water density will be a hit with your students and makes a great science fair project. E-mail the results and ZOOM will post them!
URL: http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/

Title: Dissolving Salt
Description: This lesson demonstrates the physical changes of dissolving and evaporating using salt and water. The lesson shows how the salt does not actually disappear when mixed with water and how it is left behind when the water evaporates.
URL: https://www.uen.org/lessonplan/view/2683

Title: States of Matter: Basics
Description: This page contains links to two PhET animated simulations. One is on the states of matter and the other is on phase changes.
URL: https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/html/states-of-matter-ba ...

Title: What is Matter?
Description: This is a 12-page teacher's guide with eleven hands-on activities that demonstrate that matter occupies space and has weight.
URL: http://www.scienceideas.org/TeacherResources/BinderMatt ...

Title: Structure and Properties of Matter
Description: This 37-page teacher's manual has worksheets and hands-on activities covering the structure and properties of matter.
URL: http://www.mccracken.kyschools.us/Downloads/5th Grade S ...

Title: Properties of Matter
Description: This teacher page contains many links to middle school lessons and activities on properties of matter. Most of the links are active. However, for a few links, the "page cannot be found."
URL: https://middleschoolscience.com/chemistry/properties-of ...

Title: Challenge of Materials
Description: This highly graphic, interactive site explores the nature of materials around us. After each section, there are on-line quizzes available. Flash or Shockwave is required.
URL: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/learning/see-and-do-sc ...

Title: Matter: The Case of the Mystery Matter
Description: Turn your students into detectives and help the owners of the Grey Matter Detective Agency determine if the mystery packages are safe to open. Research matter on-line and read the clues to help solve this web quest mystery.
URL: http://scorescience.humboldt.k12.ca.us/fast/teachers/Ma ...

Title: The Physical Properties of Matter
Description: This video explains physical properties of matter: conductivity, solubility and density.
URL: https://www.howstuffworks.com/videos

Title: States of Matter for Gr. K-8
Description: Students observe and classify matter.
URL: http://mypages.iit.edu/~smile/ch9525.html

Title: What is a Higgs Boson?
Description: In this three-minute video physicist, Michio Kaku explains the Higgs Boson and its implications for science.
URL: http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?v ...

Title: The Higgs Mechanism Explained
Description: This is a ten-minute video that explains why some particles have mass and others do not.
URL: http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?v ...

Title: Strange Matter: Properties
Description: Investigate the properties of materials by crushing them.
URL: http://www.strangematterexhibit.com/properties.html

Title: Strange Matter
Description: Discover the secrets of everyday stuff. Go inside a soda can to discover what it is made of. Transform Stuff allows you to transfer raw materials into new stuff. Predict which material will win in the Materials Smackdown!
URL: http://www.strangematterexhibit.com/index.html

Title: States of Matter
Description: Your students will love investigating chemistry with these simple and interesting activities. Topics include properties of matter, solutions, surface tension, and much more.
URL: https://chemistry.sciences.ncsu.edu/outreach/states_of_ ...

Title: Structures and Properties of Matter
Description: This is a ten-minute video for teachers on how to approach the teaching of matter for the different grade levels.
URL: http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?v ...

Title: What's My Property?
Description: This is a four-minute Crash-Course-Kids video that entertainingly explains types of physical properties. It does use basic chemical formulas and science terminology.
URL: http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?v ...

Title: What Property Are You Observing?
Description: In this five-minute video, demonstrations are presented and the viewer is asked to determine the type of property being demonstrated.
URL: http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?v ...

Title: Physical vs Chemical Properties and Changes
Description: In this eight-minute video, a narrator uses a series of slides to explain the differences between physical and chemical properties and changes.
URL: http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?v ...

Title: Properties of Matter: Physical vs Chemical
Description: In this three-minute video, short clips are used to illustrate many physical and chemical properties of matter.
URL: http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?v ...

Title: Matter Homework Packet
Description: This PDF page is the answer key for a homework packet of eight pages on physical and chemical changes and properties of matter.
URL: http://www.thomas.k12.ga.us/userfiles/538/Classes/1633/ ...

Title: Physical and Chemical Properties Worksheet
Description: This PDF page contains a two-page worksheet in which students classify physical and chemical properties.
URL: https://www.matsuk12.us/cms/lib/AK01000953/Centricity/D ...

Title: Characteristic of Matter
Description: In this four-minute video, the narrator explains the differences between matter and non-matter.
URL: http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?v ...

Title: Characteristics of Particles of Matter
Description: In this 22-minute video, the narrator uses animated graphics to explain the three main characteristics of matter on the atomic level.
URL: http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?v ...

Title: Physical vs Chemical Properties Explained
Description: In this six-minute video, a narrator uses still image examples to explain the difference between physical and chemical properties.
URL: http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?v ...

Title: Matter Around Us
Description: In this eight-minute video the narrator demonstrates the characteristics of matter; occupies space, molecular motion, space between molecules, and attractive forces.
URL: http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?v ...