States of Matter

Ice cubes

States of Matter – How does water turn from a solid to a liquid to a gas?

States of Matter Read Aloud Book:

Joe-Joe the Wizard Brews Up Solids, Liquids, and Gases by Eric Braun


  • Ice cubes
  • Pan
  • Stove
  • Oven mitt
  • Spoon
  • An adult to help you

What to do:

  1. Place some ice cubes into the pan on the stovetop.  
    • What state of matter are the ice cubes in?
  2. Next turn on the stove and every now and then,  stir the ice cubes. Be sure you are safe and have an adult help you.  Wear your oven mitt to protect your hand as you stir.
  3. Observe as your ice cubes start to melt. 
    • What state of matter are they now?
  4. Something else will start to happen to your ice cubes after they have melted.  
    • What is happening?  
    • What do you see moving from the pan towards your ceiling?  
    • What state of matter is this?
  5. Draw a picture to show what happens to the ice cubes as they change.
State of Matter: (circle one) solid / liquid / gas solid / liquid / gas solid / liquid / gas

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