Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding States of Matter - Section 1: Bell Ringer


Thinking Notes are a simple, easy strategy to use when reading text. Thinking Notes will engage learners, help them to make connections, and provide purpose for the context of the lesson. 

This strategy is typically used when reading text, but I adapted this strategy for use with the video in this lesson. Thinking Notes can be used with a visual learning experience like a video and will compliment a student's understanding of the information.

I asked students to write in three (3) sections on the Thinking Notes:

  • What raises a question?
  • Great Idea! I love this part!
  • Unclear: Something is unclear or confusing and I need to ask about this in class.


Student responses on the Thinking Notes were positive, well written ideas and questions. It was interesting to read the responses from a student's point of view. 

  Thinking Notes
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Thinking Notes
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States of Matter

Unit 8: Matter and Atoms
Lesson 8 of 12

Objective: SWBAT explain the characteristics of the states of matter.

Big Idea: Matter can be found as a solid, liquid, gas, or plasma. But, how can matter change from one state to another? Have students draw & explain their answer as they learn about each state.

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Science, liquid, gas, state of matter, solids, thermal energy, foldable
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