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States of Matter

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SKU S4CS30007
Key Stage 2 Materials and Matter Science Year 4
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These States of Matter KS2 Science lessons for Year 4 are the perfect way to teach your class about the differences between solids, liquids and gases, and how different materials can change state. Your class will have plenty of opportunities to undertake practical experiments to help them understand the processes of evaporation and condensation, and the water cycle, as well as having the chance to express their understanding in a variety of ways.

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#TheCompleteSeries7lessons

With lesson plans, slides, activity ideas, differentiated worksheets and loads more helpful resources, this States of Matter Year 4 scheme of work provides everything you need teach them all the solids, liquids and gases KS2 objectives they need to know!

 
#Lesson1SolidsandLiquids

The first lesson in this series takes a look at solids and liquids and the differences between them. Your class will identify and group a variety of objects depending on whether they are a solid or a liquid, as well as considering whether objects which can be poured, such as sand or rice, are solids or liquids.

Alternatively, have your more confident class members investigate slime. Is it a solid or a liquid? Challenge them to make careful observations as they manipulate this non-Newtonian fluid and describe what they see.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Object cards
  • Differentiated sorting cards
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Slime recipe cards
  • Challenge cards
#Lesson2PropertiesofGases

Explore gases and how they are different to solids and liquids. Discuss how gases fill all the available space around them and investigate this using sponges. Lead the discussion on to talking about gases and if they have mass. How can this make gases useful? The lesson input shows gases such as helium and CO2 and how their masses change the way a balloon behaves when inflated with these gases.

Conduct a practical experiment to find out if gases have mass using carbonated drinks. Your class are challenged to use their measuring skills to take accurate and careful measurements of the drink's weight. Alternatively, investigate pneumatic mechanisms using syringes and how gas can be used to create movement.

With differentiated worksheets, a detailed lesson plan and lesson input slides, this complete Year 4 Science lesson provides you with everything you need to teach an engaging and informative lesson about gases!

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Experiment card
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Pneumatics card
#Lesson3MeltingandFreezing

In this lesson the children will look closely at how the particles in solids, liquids and gases behave and how this affects the overall state of the material. They will then use this understanding to look at what happens when materials are heated and cooled. They will name these processes as melting and freezing and look at different circumstances that this may happen.

Why not use the recipes included in this lesson to create some party foods using melting and freezing!

With detailed lesson slides, a lesson plan and printable resources, this lesson pack gives you everything you'll need to teach a fun and engaging lesson on melting and freezing.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Recipe cards
  • Party Cards
#Lesson4MeltingPoints

In this lesson the children will explore how different materials have different melting points, including some surprising metals! Challenge your Year 4 class to research and present information about melting points using their research skills.

Alternatively, printable resources are provided to support your class in investigating the different melting points of different types of chocolate. Challenge them to make their own decisions about their fair testing and reflect on how they could improve the accuracy of their investigation next time.

This lesson pack comes with the lesson slides, plan and printable resources you'll need to teach an engaging lesson on melting points of different materials.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Sorting cards
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Experiment card
#Lesson5Evaporation

This lesson looks at the process of evaporation and how we can use this process in our everyday lives. They discuss different examples of evaporation we use and see such as drying laundry, sweat and hair dryers. This lesson looks at the differences between evaporation and boiling water and specifies the boiling point of water.

The children are challenged to investigate the effects of heat and air on the rate of evaporation in different circumstances, thinking carefully about their use of control variables in their investigation and how they can measure their dependent variable.

This lesson comes with differentiated activity ideas and all the printable resources you will need to support your class as they investigate the process of evaporation.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Teacher notes
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Challenge card
  • Investigation planner
  • Design sheet
#Lesson6Condensation

In this lesson the children will look at the opposite process to evaporation: condensation. They will think about what causes water to condense and look at some examples of this.

They are then challenged to recreate a situation where they can see water condensing, including its use in a solar still to remove the salt from sea water.

This lesson comes with a detailed lesson plan, lesson slides, differentiated activity ideas and accompanying printable resources.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Teacher notes
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Challenge card
#Lesson7TheWaterCycle

The final lesson in this series consolidates your class's learning about evaporation and condensation by studying the water cycle. They will use their scientific understanding to explain what the water cycle is and how it works. After that, there's an additional slideshow quiz for children to attempt, so you can assess what they've learned and understood during these 'States of Matter' lessons!

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Teacher notes
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Word bank
  • Water cycle diagram
  • Challenge card
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Curriculum Objectives covered
  • asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
  • observing closely, using simple equipment
  • performing simple tests
  • identifying and classifying
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
  • making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
  • recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables
  • reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
  • using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
  • compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
  • observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)
  • identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature

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