Properties of Matter

Mass, Volume, and Density

  1. Metric System Notes for interactive notebooks (pdf) (blog entry)
  2. Mass, Volume, or Length? Practice using the correct units (pdf)
  3. Reading a metric ruler practice worksheet (pdf)
  4. Measuring liquid  – volume/graduated cylinder practice (Blog entry)
  5. Pour to Score – an interactive website from PBS to practice determining volume (link) (blog entry)
  6. Reading a graduated cylinder – additional resources (blog entry)
  7. Finding the Volume of Irregularly Shaped Objects Using Water Displacement –  Students will find the volume of pennies, rubber stoppers, and other small objects using water displacement (blog entry)
  8. Water displacement – reading a graduated cylinder practice worksheet (pdf)
  9. Finding volume using LxWxH (blog entry) with additional practice sheet and more practice (pdf)
  10. Stations Lab for finding the volume of regular and irregular shaped objects (pdf) – (updated blog entry)
  11. BBC Measures – Interactive Website (link) & BBC Measures worksheet (pdf)
  12. Reading a Triple Beam Balance – Interactive link from Ohaus
    • I use this interactive link to help the students with reading the masses to the nearest 1/10 (0.1 gram) and also before they use a real TBB. Great practice – gives them instant feedback and increases their confidence in reading the masses correctly (blog entry)
  13. Triple Beam Balance Lab (pdf)
    • students will find the masses for a variety of objects
  14. Bottles of Stuff – students will estimate, rank, and measure the masses of bottles filled with a variety of items (blog entry)
  15. Density of Water Lab (pdf) – students will determine the density of water using a graduated cylinder and a triple beam balance
  16. BrainPOP – Archimedes
  17. BrainPOP – Graphic Organizer MVD Matrix
  18. Mass, Volume, Density Notes (pdf) – foldable on how to use the formulas used to find mass, volume, and density and how to solve word problems. (blog entry)
  19. BrainPOP Mass, Volume, Density Table
  20. Using Formulas: Mass, Volume, or Density? Practice Problems (pdf)
  21. BrainPOP: Measuring Matter Quiz
  22. Float or Sink – Interactive (pdf) with Laptop Activity Link (Shockwave)
  23. Dunkin’ for Density Challenge (pdf) – students will figure out how to make a film canister float, suspend, and sink in tank of water (blog entry).
  24. Density Demo – 5 identical bottles filled with different materials, let’s talk about density! (blog entry)
  25. Rainbow Density Layers – using sugar, food coloring, and water, can you make a density column? (blog entry)
  26. Density ID – can you identify the material the block is made of? (blog entry)


  1. Buoyancy Notes (pdf)
  2. Buoyancy Vocab (pdf)
  3. What is Buoyancy? Interactive website from the Smithsonian (link)
  4. Cartesian Diver – make your own divers, easy and inexpensive to do (blog entry)
  5. Cartesian Diver Demo (pdf)
  6. BrainPOP: Cartesian Diver Reading
  7. Read About it  BrainPOP – Swim Bladder
  8. Read About it BrainPOP: Buoyancy Quiz

Phases of Matter and Phase Change

  1. BrainPOP States of Matter Quiz
  2. States of Matter Cut & Paste Vocab (pdf)
    • Good for flashcards, too
  3. @CrashCourseKids – Matter Matters Video (link)
  4. BrainPOP –Activity Page
  5. BrainPOP – States of Matter Graphic Organizer
  6. States of Matter Notes (pdf)
  7. States and Phases of Matter Triple Venn Diagram Notes (pdf)
    • this is a fun interactive activity to use with a SmartBoard, as a cut and paste, or with chalk on a lab desk (black lab desks are great to draw on), or some other hands-on/interactive ways (blog entry)
  8. BrainPOP: Phase Changes Activity
  9. Read About it: BrainPOP – hot water freezes faster?
    • When it is well below freezing, you can throw boiling water into the air and it will turn to snow instantly
  10. BrainPOP: Phase Changes Activity
  11. Phase Changes Cut & Paste Vocab (pdf)
    • Good for flashcards, too
  12. BrainPOP: Phase Changes Quiz
  13. Read About it: BrainPOP – What’s an icebox?
  14. Physical and Chemical Properties, P/C Changes Notes Cut and Paste Foldable (blog entry)
  15. Physical and Chemical Properties/Changes Practice Questions (pdf)
  16. Physical and Chemical Changes Sorting Activity (blog entry)
    • Answers for Physical Change are: cracking eggs, slicing bread, ice  melting, glass breaking, boiling water, fresh lemonade, mowing lawn (cutting the grass)
  17. Candle Observation Lab – observing physical and chemical properties/changes (blog entry)
  18. BrainPOP FYI: Oxidation
  19. BrainPOP: Property Changes Quiz

18 thoughts on “Properties of Matter

  1. Kate Teresi September 2, 2019 / 11:03 am

    What amazing resources! Thank you so much. You wouldn’t happen to know of anyone providing high school material would you?


  2. Yolanda November 7, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    Do you have the worksheets that go along with the sugar density lab. I have my observation coming up and this would be awesome to do with my students


  3. Anonymous October 8, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    I can not thank you enough for this information! I am a first year teacher as well and was completely lost until I found this information. Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Lori August 30, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    I’m a homeschool mom and recently found your site. I can’t thank you enough for the incredible hands on activities. These are just what my 6th grade right brained learner needs! I appreciate all of your hard work and willingness to share.

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  5. Scott Govoni December 8, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    Thank you for the great resource. I was told by a fellow science teacher this web site has great activities. He was absolutely correct!

    Many thanks,

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  6. Tracy Horton September 28, 2015 / 1:52 am

    I am so thankful for your interactive notebook pages. The cut and pastes are wonderful and I love the sorting activities. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the hard work you’ve put into this and your willingness to share with us science teachers who aren’t too techy, but strive to teach quality science. I’m so appreciative!

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    • Liz LaRosa September 28, 2015 / 8:59 pm

      Happy to help, thank you for letting me know 🙂 ~Liz


    • Nora Parish September 11, 2016 / 5:36 pm

      Yes, I totally agree with all the other science teachers’ comments on here. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and digital resources with us. It has been extremely helpful to me as a new teacher.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Liz LaRosa September 11, 2016 / 5:58 pm

        Nora- Have a great first year, good luck! 🙂


  7. Laura Remmen September 2, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    Thank you so much for re-posting these from your old website!! I use them nearly every year and LOVE them! 🙂

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