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What’s the Matter? Interactive Notebook Ideas

Sometimes Science is Messy!

Sometimes science is messy! 

I started the students in a review of the way molecules behave in different states of matter.   I had them act out being molecules in a solid, a liquid and a gas.

Then we made this states of matter foldable.

Next we mixed up some oobleck.   We used the ratio 2:1, cornstarch:water.   The students experimented with it and recorded their findings.

Questions to ask students:  In what ways does it behave like a solid?  In what ways does it behave like a liquid? 


We watched a couple of videos showing oobleck and non-Newtonian fluids and then recorded the vocabulary word: viscosity and our teacher tips.

Teacher Tips: 
Do not pour down the drain.
Encourage students to touch.
Use throwaway container for easy cleanup.
Oobleck can be reactivated by adding water so you can use the same batch for several days. 


The Folds for this Lesson can be found here Super Pack of Folds for Interactive Notebooks

Click Here for a  SMARTboard activity SMARTboard sort on states of matter

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Comments

  1. I use to do Oobleck with my students years ago! Hmmm? I might have to pull this out again along with Flubber and do a mini-unit on polymers. It would fit in with my Kitchen Chemistry unit I usually do at the end of the year when attention spans are null! Kids just LOVE these kinds of science activities! Once again, I really like what you do with INB's. You are giving some terrific ideas for a Science notebook!

    Thanks for linking up again this week for TBT!
    Angela

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