Solids, Liquids, and Gases

National Association of Media and Technology Centers
NAMTC Curricular Media

Solids, Liquids, and Gases is one chapter of four from the Matter in Action DVD. The other three chapters on the DVD are What is Matter? - Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures - and Atoms. Solids, Liquids, and Gases does an excellent job of breaking down the properties of each phase of matter and their differences. Outstanding animations show how the movements of particles differ from each phase and no needed detail is left out. The video does an excellent job of showing real life examples that are interesting as well as graphics to help further understanding of each concept. All on screen text is easily read and narrated with clear pronunciation. The high scores for this come from the use of both real life and computer graphics to explain ideas that are interesting and well described. Video contains intermittent "You Decide" questions for the viewers to answer as well as a summary and video quiz. A 30-page teacher's guide accompanies this video that contains assessments, labs and activities for your students. The video is best suited for grades 8-10 as an introduction into matter/basic chemistry or a quick review. This program would be an outstanding addition to any teacher's collection.