Molecule Madness

Duration: 30 minutes

Grade Level: 2

Students will use their own bodies to demonstrate how molecules are arranged and move within the three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas.

Lesson Plan PDF

Lab Connection: Make it Matter lab

Grade Level: 2

Duration: 30 min

Concepts/Skills: States of matter, teamwork


  • Identify the three most common states of matter
    • solids, liquids, and gasses.
  • Demonstrate the molecular patterns of arrangement and movement for the three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas.
  • Identify the states of matter of different objects.

Standards Connections

Next Generation Science Standards
Grade Performance Expectation Description
2 2-PS1-2 Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
2 2-PS1-2 Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.
Science and Engineering Practices

Asking Questions and Defining Problems

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Cross Cutting Concepts


Cause and Effect

Structure and Function