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States of Matter

£14.50
SKU S4CS30007
Key Stage 2 Materials and Matter Science Year 4

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.

 
#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.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Differentiated worksheets
#Lesson2PropertiesofGases

This lesson explores what a gas is and starts by encouraging your class to think about what air is and whether it is ‘nothing'. They will then go on to compare solids, liquids and gases, and there is the opportunity to turn your children into particles too!

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Differentiated worksheets
#Lesson3MeltingandCooling

This lesson explores which materials will melt when they are heated and turn back into solids when they are cooled. Your children will make predictions about which materials will melt and which won't, as well as thinking about whether they will melt at low or very high temperatures.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Picture cards
#Lesson4MeltingPoint

This lesson looks a little closer at materials that melt when they are heated and gives your class the chance to research or investigate the exact temperatures at which various materials change state. There's a choice of two activities with this lesson, where children can either study, plot and interpret given sets of data, or carry out a melting investigation.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Materials Facts cards
#Lesson5Evaporation

This lesson looks at the process of evaporation. It starts by encouraging your class to think about why they can smell certain objects from a distance, such as perfume, before looking at evaporation and exploring some examples of evaporation in everyday life, such as clothes drying on a washing line.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Differentiated worksheets
#Lesson6Condensation

Your class will all have seen condensation on windows or cold drinks cans, but this lesson teaches them why that condensation occurs. They will find out what happens when gases cool and turn into liquid, and have the opportunity to observe condensation in action for themselves during either of the two suggested activities included.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Differentiated worksheets
#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
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Water Cycle Steps sheet
  • Challenge cards
  • End of Unit Quiz
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Curriculum Objectives covered
  • Year 4 - asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • Year 4 - setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
  • Year 4 - gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
  • Year 4 - recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables
  • Year 4 - reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
  • Year 4 - using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • Year 4 - using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings
  • Year 4 - compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
  • Year 4 - 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)
  • Year 4 - identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature
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