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Activity Overview


Get your students to show off their creativity by making a narrative storyboard telling an imaginative story about a particle going through various state changes. This activity reminds students that the particles that make up solid ice, liquid water, and gaseous steam are the same type of particles. Students often have the misconception that particles change when they change state.

Differentiate this activity by deleting the information from the particle section of the example storyboard, leaving the first row completed in a template for students to fill in. Alternatively, have students start with a blank T-Chart and let your students’ imaginations run wild. This activity can be tied into a lesson on the water cycle, with the water particle being evaporated, condensed, and then freezing and falling back to Earth as a snowflake or raindrop.


PLEASE NOTE: The example storyboard uses different shades of blue to emphasize the particles in different states and NOT to suggest they are different types of particles.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 4 (Difficult / Complex)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [SCI-MS-PS1-4] Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Demonstrate your understanding of the states of matter by creating a narrative storyboard. Tell the story of a water particle and explain what happens as the particle changes state. You should include all three states of matter and at least two state changes. Make sure you talk about the changes in thermal energy and how this affects the kinetic energy of the particle.

Explain what is happening in the real world and what is happening at the particle level. If you want, put faces on your particles and even give them names!



Rubric

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Particle Narrative
Create a narrative storyboard telling an imaginative story of a particle in different states.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Vizualisations
All the visualizations are easy to understand and help in telling the story.
Some of the visualizations are easy to understand.
Not many of the visualizations are easy to understand.
Content
The story shows particles in all three states correctly and describes changes between them.
The story shows particles in two of the three states correctly and describes changes between them.
The story shows particles in one of the three states correctly.
Creativity
The work is highly creative. It could be used as an exemplary model.
Creativity is evident.
Creativity is not evident.
Conventions
There are only minor errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, or usage, if any.
There are few errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, or usage.
There are many errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, or usage.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.




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