Outcome MC5.1 Investigate the characteristics and physical properties of materials in solid, liquid, and gaseous states of matter.
YouTube video of States of Matter with Bill Nye, the Science Guy
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This video is very well done, with excellent and clear explanations of the different states of matter. The explanations are accompanied by relevant animations which are sure to capture the interest of students. This video goes above and beyond the call of duty in that it covers the three states of solids, liquids and gases along with a new fourth state called plasma. It's great that students are exposed to knowledge that is not typically covered in the curriculum.

YouTube rap about matter and its states

This rap is a great way to engage students in the lesson content. It covers different concepts such as the fact that everything around us is made up of matter and that matter exists in the 3 states of solids, liquids and gases. I showed my students a rap about Rosh Hashanah during my internship and the students really enjoyed it. Incorporating popular musical genres such as rap into Science lessons serve to engage students in the learning activities, which can only be a good thing!
Cool, interactive game about properties of matter
This is an interactive game that requires students to test different properties of various everyday objects such as metal and paper. Some of the properties of matter that are tested are if the material is waterproof, transparent, strong or flexible. The students can then build objects such as tires and saucepans out of different materials and decide which material is the best for that purpose. Students can be asked to play this game at home and then write a report about what they learned about the properties of different materials.

Cool, interactive game about melting points
This is a game that was found on the same website as the previous game. It explores the concept of melting points of different materials. In this game, the students can drag different solids into a beaker and observe how much heat is required to melt the solid. They will then be able to determine which solid has the lowest melting point. They will also be able to observe how the liquid moves after the melting process versus the condition where the liquid has been cooled to form a solid. This is a great game for students to play in the classroom after the concept has been covered or at home.

Outcome MC5.2 Investigate how reversible and non-reversible changes, including changes of state, alter materials.
Changing States of Water game
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This game allows students to experiment with water to determine what would happen if water was heated or cooled; if steam is heated above 100 degrees Celsius and whether water or ice has a greater volume. It's a fun, interactive way to let students form their own conclusions after conducting virtual experiments.

Reversible vs. Irreversible changes game

This game lets students try to dissolve different substances such as flour, sugar and sand in water and then allows them to experiment in order to determine if these are reversible or irreversible changes. This is a great way to teach students the concept of reversible vs. irreversible changes.

YouTube video about reversible and irreversible changes

This is an animated video that discusses different characteristics of reversible and irreversible changes. One of the characteristics of an reversible change that is covered in the video is that it is possible to obtain the original material again. Irreversible changes on the other hand do not allow the original material to be obtained again and a new product is often formed.

Outcome MC5.3 Assess how the production, use, and disposal of raw materials and manufactured products affects self, society, and the environment.
Green Planet 4 Kids

This site encourages children to reduce, reuse and recycle! It informs children about how they can be good stewards of their environment. The best part of this site? There are tons of educational comics!
Planet Pals
planetpalsThis site is great for educating students about how to conserve their environment and covers topics under this outcome such as disposal of hazardous wastes. It also has a teacher page which contains a lot of resources such as lesson plans and activities that can be used to teach students how to take good care of the world's resources.

EPA website

This website which was created by the Environmental Protection Agency in the States, has many resources for kids such as games related to hazardous materials around the house and recycling. It also has a homework help section that will help students complete assignments on environmental protection.

New Brunswick Lung Association Website

This website details some of the hazardous materials that are found in the school and then suggests some ways that these materials can be disposed of safely. It also elaborates on the detrimental effects of the use of scented products on students with asthma.