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What’s the Matter?

Division: A-Elementary School

NC Essential Standards Alignment: 2.P.2, 3.P.2, 4.P.2, 5.P.2, 6.P.2

Event Rules: What’s the Matter_Rules_21

Event Score Sheet: None

Clarifications: None


This event will run as stations. Teams will rotate through stations, perform tasks and answer questions about the physical properties of matter and the behavior of solids, liquids, and gases before and after they undergo changes or interactions.


Each team must bring a writing instrument and goggles. No other resources are allowed.


High score wins. Points are awarded for the quality and accuracy of responses. Ties will be broken with predetermined questions.

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Fast Facts:


Event Resources:

2018 What’s the Matter Test
Nearpod What’s the Matter Test
Nearpod What’s the Matter Test Answers
Nearpod What’s the Matter 1 Test
Nearpod What’s the Matter 1 Test Answers

Science Games for Kids – Properties of Materials
PhET Interactive Simulation – States of Matter
PhET Interactive Simulation – Concentration
PhET Interactive Simulation – Dissolving
PhET Interactive Simulation – Behavior of Atoms in Different States of Matter
Apple of My Eye
What Is Matter? Worksheet
States of Matter Notes
Physical and Chemical Changes Activity

Chemical & Physical Changes Interactives
Physical and Chemical Changes Notes
Chemical Changes Demos
Density Bottle
The Science Notebook – Exploring Measurement – Volume
Volume of Rectangular Prisms Practice Sheet