Properties and Changes in Matter

Created by: Mrs. Ringus
2nd Grade
Busbee Elementary School



Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space. We have matter all around us. The matter around us is always changing. There are three types of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. In this webquest, we will be investigating the changes in solids and in liquids. By the end, you should be able to identify and give an example of the following ways that matter can be changed: heating, cooling, cutting, tearing, bending, stretching, mixed, separated.


As a scientist, you are going to explore different ways that matter can be changed.

Task 1: Define solid and liquid using a complete sentence. (Hint: They have unique properties. Click here to review the lesson on South Carolina Science Standard: 2-4.1 Recall the properties of solids and liquids.) Give 3 examples of a solid and a liquid. Click here to view a teacher made site to define and give examples of solids and liquids.

Task 2: Investigate matter that is being heated and cooled to change forms. Click here for an interactive site where you can safely heat and cool objects to change it's state of matter. When you finish investigating, take the quiz and record your grade. If you missed a question, go back to the investigation, complete the investigation again, and retake the quiz.

Task 3: Investigate matter that is being cut or torn to change forms. Does cutting or tearing change a solid to a liquid or a liquid to a solid? Does it just change the appearance? Make a list of three things you can cut or tear and list the tool you would use.

Task 4: Investigate matter that is being bent or stretched to change forms. Look around the classroom. Make a list of three examples of matter being bent or stretched. What is the purpose of the bending or stretching. What is the object doing that makes its bend or stretched stage important. Tell what the object is made of; example metal, rubber, elastic, or plastic.

Task 5: Investigate matter that is mixed or separated. Think about foods that you love to eat. Find a recipe for your favorite food at In the recipe search box, type the name of your favorite food and click search. Choose the recipe of your choice. Write the ingredients you will need to make your favorite food. Pretend you are eating your favorite food right now. Can you see each ingredient that you used to make it? Can they be separated after you have cooked your recipe? Now, think about that chef salad you get at lunch. Can you seen each individual ingredient that makes up the salad? Can you seperate each ingredient without cooking the salad?



In the end, you should be able to define a solid and a liquid and give examples of each. You should also be able to describe what happens to matter when it changes form by heating, cooling, cutting, tearing, bending, stretching, mixed, separated.

I hope you have enjoyed this activity. Go home and share what you have learned with your parents and your brothers or sisters. Take this knowledge and use it to spark your imagination!

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Visit my Web Lesson page that goes with this Webquest here. (March, 2008)

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