Matter Unit


Want to save time planning your matter lessons and have access to resources that students love? This Matter Unit comes with detailed lesson plans, worksheets, hands-on activities, assessments, and much more! PDF and digital activities are included.

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Matter Unit

Are you looking for engaging lesson plans and activities that have to do with matter? Look no further! This Matter Unit provides everything you need! Save time planning and your students will love completing the hands-on activities.

To take a closer look at some of the activities included in this unit, check out the preview images at the top of the page!

What will students investigate through these detailed lesson plans?

  • How to define matter
  • The three phases of matter (solids, liquids, and gases) and their characteristics
  • Physical and chemical changes
  • The effects of temperature on matter
  • Mixtures and solutions
  • How to separate two different types of matter within a mixture

This Matter Unit also comes with three bonus lessons about the structure of an atom, elements, molecules, and compounds. The information from these lessons is not included on the assessments found in this unit, but these lessons provide some additional hands-on activities that can be used to reinforce the concepts listed above.

What comes in this Matter Unit?

  • Worksheets
  • Centers
  • Entry/exit tickets
  • Sorts
  • Flip Book
  • Quiz
  • Test
  • Lots of engaging, hands-on activities and experiments
  • 2 Sets of Word Wall Cards: One set of word wall cards with pictures and another set with only the term on each card.
  • 1 Timeline of Suggested Activities: Provides a timeline for using the activities and experiments included within this set and provides links to websites featuring videos of concepts being taught.
  • Answer keys

What are key terms used throughout the unit?

  • Matter
  • Mass
  • Volume
  • Mixture
  • Solution
  • Physical Change
  • Chemical Change
  • Atom

Are digital resources included?

Some worksheets, the quiz, and the test within this Matter Unit are also included in a digital format and can be shared with students using your Google Drive.

When you purchase this product, you will be given access to a link that will allow you to open the file in Google Slides. You’ll then share that file with your students. The slides can be printed and adapted for students who prefer to answer the questions by hand. You can also view and print a student’s completed version of the slides.

What standards are covered?

This Matter Unit closely aligns with most science standards related to teaching matter, including NGSS (5-PS1-1, 5-PS1-3, 5-PS1-4). The unit is also aligned with both the 2010 and 2018 Virginia science SOLs. It is aligned with science SOL 5.4 if using the 2010 standards and science SOL 5.7 if using the 2018 standards.

What are other buyers saying?

  • “Amazing and comprehensive resource with engaging activities! My students just finished this unit and loved all of the activities. I loved the different learning modalities presented in the unit as well…activities for every learning style! Wow!” (anonymous buyer)
  • “This is my second unit by this author. I find a great variety of activities and many hands-on activities. It presents the key concepts in a way that’s easy to understand. The quizzes and test are a great bonus!” (Donna W.)
  • “So much to this! Kids loved it!” (Julie M.)
  • “This was definitely one of the best things I’ve bought. I am starting it tomorrow. Thank you!” (Rachel B.)
  • “This is a wonderful easy-to-use resource that incorporates higher-level thinking! Thanks!!!” (Leslie T.)

Want to save money?

This Matter Unit is included in my 5th Grade Science Unit Bundle for a discounted price!

Don’t Miss Out!

This Matter Unit is perfect if you are low on planning time or have no idea where to begin! Students will also have fun learning the information as they complete all of the activities!


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