Water Particle Narrative Storyboard

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Modeling in Science with Storyboard That

By Oliver Smith

Modeling allows us to make our own sense of what and why something is happening. Conceptual models are shared and explicit representations or analogies of phenomena and are used by scientists to help them understand the world around us. Models are used in all areas of science and offer external versions of mental concepts. Models are not a perfect representation; they are a simplified version of a system that highlights certain areas while ignoring others.

States of Matter

By Oliver Smith

Matter is anything that takes up space in our universe; we are made of matter and always surrounded by it. All matter is made from tiny particles called atoms, which are organized in the periodic table. The arrangement of these particles determines the "state" the matter is in; that is, whether the object is a solid, a liquid, or a gas. The following activities will introduce students to the properties of matter and how particles are arranged within each state.

States of Matter

Storyboard Description

Story of a Water Particle through state changes

Storyboard Text

• Solid State
• Liquid State
• Solid and Liquid Mixed
• Melting
• Evaporation
• Gaseous State
• It's a very hot day and Alan wants to have an ice cold glass of water. He goes over to the freezer to get some ice.
• He then goes to the faucet to get some cold water.
• He puts the ice inside the water.
• After having a couple of sips, he leaves the glass on the window sill in the sun. He opens the window to try to cool the kitchen down.
• The heat from the sun warms the water up.
• When Alan comes back his glass is completely empty!
• ﻿We evaporated! We're flying!
• These water particles are in a solid state. They have very strong bonds between them. It does get a bit boring not being able to move around.
• The water particles in the liquid state are more free than the ones in the solid state. They have more energy so they can move around, but they are still quite densely packed in.
• When the ice is put in water there are two states: solid and liquid. Particles in the liquid state are close to each other, but arranged randomly. Particles in the solid state are in a regular pattern, but also closer together.
• As the water gets warmer, all of the particles in the ice cube get more energy and become a liquid. They can now start to move around each other, but they are still very close.
• As the water warms up, some of the particles start to evaporate, even though the temperature of the water is well below boiling point.
• All the water particles have evaporated and are flying around outside!