Solid, Liquid, Gas!
Matter is so exciting! It can be so fun to figure out what state (or form) an object is in. Today we’re going to think about lions, libraries, clouds, games, and dancing! Okay, so dancing isn’t really a form of matter, but you are, and you dance! Go, go! -Mrs. Newman

Today’s Activities

fab|fa-font-awesome-flag|

engage

Have you read this book Library Lion? If you haven’t, you should! If you have, you should read it again! (It really is that good.) Is a lion solid, liquid, or gas? What about a library? What about books? See what states of matter you can find as you listen to the book.

et|icon_compass|

Explore

You might be familiar with clouds because you have seen them in the sky many times! Did you know clouds are made of matter? The parts of clouds you can see are made of tiny solids (baby ice crystals) and tiny liquids (baby water droplets). They are so small and light they can float in the air. Clouds are also made of water vapor and air, which are gases, and invisible! Pretty cool, right?

Bonus: Look to our mountains in the afternoons. You might see some AWESOME cumulonimbus clouds, especially as summer gets closer! Use these instructions to make a cloud mobile with some simple things from your house. Don’t worry if you don’t have the exact supplies…get creative and use what you have! Get your grownup’s permission and make some cloud art!

fas|fa-walking|

Let's move!

Do you know how to play “Red Light, Green Light”? If you’re not sure, click on this link to watch an explanation. Light isn’t really a form of matter, BUT you can play a new version of this game with states of matter! Ask some family members to play with you, or you can practice moving around like a solid, liquid, or gas by yourself.

Instead of “Red Light, Green Light,” you can play “Solid, Liquid, Gas.”

Like this:

  • Red Light = Solid. Solids hold their shape, which means they don’t move.
  • Yellow Light = Liquid. Liquids can move, but they are not as fast as gas!
  • Green Light = Gas. Gas moves quickly! It goes crazy!
fas|fa-music|

Get creative

Let’s review 3 states of matter with a song! You can watch this video to help you review solids, liquids, and gases. For an added bonus, you can dance, too! Notice how the speed of the music changes… the music moves slowly for solids, a little faster for liquids, and very quickly for gases. In real life, the atoms in a solid (like your chair ) do not really move because are very close to each other. The atoms in a liquid (like juice) are a little more spread out and can move past each other. But the atoms in a gas have lots of room to move, and they do!

Did you do today’s activities?

Push the button below to let us know you’ve completed the activities below:

1+

Teaching Tips

fas|fa-universal-access|

Accessibility Feature

Turning on transcripts for YouTube Videos [PDF]

More 2nd Grade Lessons

Additional lessons are available for this grade level by pressing “More Lessons” above, or selecting a lesson below:

What Matters?

What Matters?

Today's ActivitiesRead the story "What Matters," sometimes a tiny act has a big positive consequence. A simple act of kindness can create a ripple effect that can spread throughout a community.  One act of kindness can cause happiness in a single person. Then, because...

Camping

Camping

Today's ActivitiesHow do you prepare to go camping? Where do people usually camp? What dangers do you have to consider while you are camping? Find out more about camping in this fun book, “A Camping Spree with Mr. McGee!" Scavenger Hunts are fun to do when you go...

Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset

Today's ActivitiesSometimes words have a lasting effect on us. Some of us remember positive words that pushed us to persevere, and others remembered unkind words that caused us to feel defeated.  Think about the words in this story, "The Dot." In second grade you are...