Matter Part-I

This article is meant for grades 5 to 7.

How to use this article?

In this article, common themes across grade 5 through 7 have been mapped with ‘Big Questions’, ‘Videos’, ‘Activities’ and ‘Reading’.  The teacher can start the lesson with the Big Questions in order to build curiosity among the children. The next step would be to use activities and videos to improve the understanding of the children. And to end the chapter the children can be given some independent reading materials which they can explore on their own. In this article, links have been provided for the teacher in case they are willing to add to their knowledge.

The chapters and objectives that match the resources have also been mentioned. This will help you understand why and when these resources can be used.

The resources given in this blog are relevant if you are teaching the following grades and its respective objectives :

Grade 5 Objectives

(Chapter name: Matter)

Before Chapter – Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures Grade 7 Objectives

(Chapter name: Properties of Solid, liquid, and gas)

1) Explain the properties of matter. 1) To refresh student’s memory on what is a matter that is later classified into elements, compounds, and mixtures. 1)State the properties of solids, liquids, and gases through activities.
2) Give examples of different states of matter – Solids, liquids and gases 2) Compare the properties of solids, liquids, and gases.
3) Find out the arrangement of particles in solids, liquids, and gases 3) Develop the skill to conduct experiments

*ESR: Expected Student Response

Introduction to Matter

Matter is everything around us. It is anything that has mass and occupies space (volume).

You can introduce the topic in the class with the Big question. This will act as a hook for the class to get the attention of children and keep them engaged.

1. Big Questions:


You can ask these questions at the beginning of the class to build curiosity among the children.

1) What are we made up of? What is everything made up of? (To set context for matter)

ESR: We are made up of matter.

2) Does everything look and feel the same? Like does the water bottle and fan look and feel the same? (To set context for states of matter)

ESR: No it doesn’t. Everything has different shapes, size, weights, and colour.

3) What is the difference between air and water?

ESR: We can see water but we can’t see air. More responses on these lines. 

2. Videos and Activities


Once the teacher is able to build curiosity among students, the lesson can be further continued using the videos and activities provided here.

3. Independent Reading for students:


The teacher can give independent reading passages to students in the class. This will help the children explore the topic on their own. Two links have been given here.These passages are best for shared reading and independent reading by students. It can also be given as homework passages. 

  1. A reading comprehension passage on matter and its states with questions for students to answer post reading.
  2. A simple passage on states of matter with comprehension questions.

4. Useful links for teachers: 

  1. This link has activities and videos that explain concepts in a simple manner.





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