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States of Matter and Phase Changes
Category: Science
Tags: states of matter 3 states of matter the states of matter solid liquid gas changes in state of matter

Here are some materials to supplement a study of the states of matter and phase changes: 

From Mystery Science: this unit on the properties and phases of matter includes video lessons and activities. 

BrainPop has a couple of explanatory animations on States of Matter and Matter Changing State. 

BBC's site has a lesson plan on solids, liquids, and gases that includes animations, worksheet, and activities.

Interactive Sites for Education provides links to a number of virtual labs for exploring physical and chemical changes of matter.

Explore the science of stuff at the Strange Matter website.

Solid or Liquid?

Everyone makes their own oobleck at some point. At Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab, you'll find the simple recipe to make this strange stuff, along with a basic explanation of why it does what it does. For parents and older kids who want a more thorough explanation of oobleck and how scientists are using non-Newtonian fluids to make cool things, read this article from Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine.

To make a different kind of Gleup, (plastic) visit Scifun's Home Experiments.

Free Readers:

Free Downloads:

This States of Matter download includes printable solid/liquid/gas card game, and Connect Four board game.

Download States of Matter worksheetsincluding an activity exploring how the Incredibles use superpowers to alter their states.

Happy Thanksgiving
Category: Misc.
Tags: thanksgiving

(Photo by Lucy Heath on Unsplash)

Thanksgiving Games and Interactives

Pilgrims to American: A Pictorial History

Thanksgiving History and Math Lessons

FIrst Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension

Thankgiving and Native Americans podcast

 7 Fun Facts For Thanksgiving

Map Skills
Category: Social Studies
Tags: map skills latitude longitude compass rose cardinal directions

Mapping Our World: Provides an overview of maps through interactive lessons covering the relationship between globes and maps; and an explanation of the different map projections. Also has games like matching flags with countries.

Two sites that teach basic map skills through interactive games: 

Adventure Island: focuses on map symbols and keys

Nikki Learns About Mapshas an overview of maps, symbols and keys, directions, and map grids

Instructional interactive on how to use a compass

Using a map grid

Geography map games: map skills, cities of the world, provinces of Canada, African countries and other games

Geography quizzes: broken down by region; has European countries, US state capitals, Canadian bodies of water; etc.; you can take the quiz and then type in your name and print quiz results

Daily Geography Workbooks: Evan Moor workbooks for grades 1, 4, and 5

For additional resources, visit the Geography Downloads page.



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