Properties of Matter

Identifying the specific properties of matter

Physical Properties of Matter

Our Physical science unit is off to a good start, the vocabulary below will be a good resource to use at home. The students will need to be able to understand these terms.


Physical Properties: Ways to describe matter


Matter: The amount of mass in a given volume


Mass: The amount of matter in an object


Volume: The amount of space an object takes up


Density: The amount of matter in a specific volume (More to the floor, Less to the surface)

Buoyancy: The force that opposes gravity (ability to float)


Relative Density: Sink or Float


Conductivity: The ability to allow energy transfer


Electrical Conductivity: The ability to transfer electrical energy


Thermal Conductivity: The ability to transfer thermal (heat) energy


Conductor: Ability to transfer energy


Insulator: Stops / Slows the transfer of energy


Solubility: The ability to dissolve in a liquid


Magnetism: Ability to attract to a magnet (NCIS - Nickel, Cobalt, Iron and Steel)


Texture: How an object feels (surface)


Physical State / State of Matter: Solid, liquid or gas


Solid: A state of matter that has a definite size/shape and a definite volume


Liquid: A state of matter that has a definite volume but takes the shape of the container


Gas: A state of matter that has no definite size/shape or volume it will take on the shape and volume of its container.


Boiling Point: The point that liquid water will turn into a gas (100 degrees Celsius)


Condensation Point: The point that a gas will cool down and condense back into a liquid (100 degrees Celsius)


Melting Point: The point that a solid will start to turn into a liquid (waters melting point is 0 degrees Celsius)


Freezing Point: The point that a liquid will start to turn into a solid (waters freezing point is 0 degrees Celsius)

Vocabulary Cards

Please follow the link for access to the vocabulary cards. Print them and have your child use them as flash cards. Please let me know if you have any questions.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_IShSxDmMwNcVRudU9mdzBCRTg/view?usp=sharing

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