A solid's particles are packed in tightly together, which helps it keep its shape.
|Notice how we, the particles that make up |
our class solid, are packed in closely together.
A liquid's particles are packed loosely, which allows the liquid to move freely and take the shape of its container. Sometimes particles of a liquid bump into each other, too.
|As part of the class liquid, each particle had to move around near one another--which meant, occasionally, the particles softly bumped into each other.|
The particles of a gas move about freely and quickly, rarely bumping into each other since they are so far apart.
Notice in both pictures, above and below, the particles of gas are spread out much further than when they were solid or liquid particles.
When we were through morphing from solid particles, then to liquid particles, and finally to gas particles, we gathered with our teams and together worked as a team to "become" a solid, liquid, or a gas together.
Thankfully, the weather cooperated with us, and it was a perfect day for this learning activity!