# All About States of Matter

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You’ve likely heard about the three states of matter – gases, solids and liquids. But did you know there are actually six forms of matter? In laboratories, scientists can create plasmas, Bose-Einstein condensates and fermionic condensates, according to NASA. But, for our discussion, we’ll focus on the first three because those are the states of matter you’re likely to interact with.

## Fun Facts about States of Matter for Kids

• Liquids, like water, oil and soda, shift to fit inside the container they’re in. If you look at them under a microscope, you’ll see that they have particles that are close together, but have no rhyme or reason. The molecules move around.
• Gases, including air, steam and helium, are free-flowing. You can easily put your hand through them. Gases shift to fit their container and can even fill it. Their molecules are spaced far apart and wiggle and jiggle.
• Solids, like your desk, your backpack and your pants, are firm and stable. Their molecules are grouped together in organized patterns. The molecules might vibrate slightly, but they don’t move around.

### States of Matter Vocabulary

1. Laboratory: a place where a scientist experiments and learns
2. Interact: participate, work with
3. Container: jar, bottle, box or similar product
4. Molecule: composed of one or more atom, the smallest particle of a substance
5. Vibrate: buzz or move

Watch this interesting video about the states of matter:

A video explaining the 3 states of matter.

### States of Matter Q&A

Question: Can states of matter change from one to another?

Answer: States of matter can change. For example, water – a liquid – can turn to ice, which is a solid. Heat it up and the ice becomes steam, which is a gas.

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