We just wrapped up a unit of study on the three states of matter. As their final assessment, my students had to create these matter flipbooks. I gave the students the headings (Solid, Liquid, and Gas), a white sheet of paper (we make flipbooks alot), and some fruit loops. *I must note that I am not a fan of having the students use any food item as art, but these fruit loops were stale and three years old. I was going to throw these away.
Anyway, the instructions were as follows:
Assemble the fruit loops as particles of that particular state of matter. The idea was to see if they would glue the solid particles closely packed together, the liquid particles should be a little more spread out and so on. Under the front flap, they were to write the properties of each state of matter–all of them. And finally, the students had to find pictures of a solid, liquid, and a gas in magazines to cut out and glue in the appropriate spot.
All in all, I’d say the kids had a good time and for the most part seemed to understand the basic concepts of the three states of matter.
Warning: I’ve done this project for the past couple of years and never encountered a problem with ants, except for this year. This is why some students ended up simply drawing the particles with markers..the ants were on the attack! Be careful.