"Matter and Its Properties: The Science of Stuff" Musical Play by Bad Wolf Press
    • 35-minute musical play for grades 2-6
    • Includes the script, teacher's guide, and audio recording (which contains a vocal and instrumental version of each song)
    • Simple to do - no music or drama experience needed!

    Tune in to The Morning Mishmash with Chad and Nina, where our hosts will welcome guests to talk about the building blocks of the universe. Can you un-bake a cake? Should you build a house out of gumdrops? Find out on this lively TV program, complete with commercials! Aligned with NGSS.

    Please scroll down to read the script, listen to the songs, read reviews, and get all the details about the play (plot, curriculum/content, educational standards, and vocabulary).

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    Key Concepts

    Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, Matter and Its Properties: The Science of Stuff refers to, and reinforces students' familiarity with:

    • What matter is
    • Properties of matter
    • Composition of objects from particles, which can be combined in different ways to make new objects with potentially different properties
    • States of matter (solid, liquid, gas)
    • Arrangement of particles in each state
    • Changes in state
    • Boiling, melting, freezing points
    • Evaporation and condensation
    • Reversible and irreversible change

    Matter and Its Properties is a great complement to your curriculum resources in physical science. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!

    Publication Information

    By Lisa Adams and John Heath
    ISBN: 978-1-886588-67-7
    © 2017 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

    Song Samples


    Flexible casting from 11-40 students.
    Use as many Dancers, Superfans, Architects, etc. as desired.
    One student can easily play several roles if needed, and individual roles can be doubled up. Note that all roles can be played by either boys or girls; feel free to change names and pronouns.


    Floor Director
    Concerned Guests (3)
    Scientists (2)
    Audience Members (4)
    Architects (3)
    Bob, Bonnie, and Baby
    Superfans (3)
    Dancers (3)
    Soap Opera Cast (3)
    The Melting Points (3)
    Striker Baldwin
    Aria Marx
    Bakers (3)

    and a STUDIO AUDIENCE (CHORUS) composed of all students who are not playing roles on stage at the time.


    This is the first third of the script.

      Song 1 - Listen to a clip now!

    CLASS (sings):
    Well hi, hello, how are you?
    And welcome to the show
    We just can't wait to tell you
    About the stuff we know.
    'Cause we all love to chatter
    'Bout the properties of matter
    We just can't get enough
    Of the science of stuff.

    We love observing liquids
    When they evaporate.
    Let's crank the heat up higher
    And watch the change of state.
    Or what great satisfaction
    From a chemical reaction
    We've all become a buff
    Of the science of stuff.

    We'll put on this show for you
    And we won't even sweat
    But if we do
    You can bet
    It'll be the best condensation yet.

    Well hi, hello, how are you?
    And welcome to the show
    We just can't wait to tell you
    About the stuff we know.
    'Cause we all love to chatter
    'Bout the properties of matter
    We just can't get enough
    Of the science of stuff.

    (CLASS takes places. Everyone not in a particular scene/song forms the live studio audience for the program. CHAD and NINA should be on stage at all times, but positioned in a way that they do not get in the way of other performers. FLOOR DIRECTOR should be positioned to make eye contact with CHAD and NINA.)

    FLOOR DIRECTOR: And we're on in...
    (counts down with fingers, 5-4-3-2-1, then points at CHAD and NINA to cue them)

    (FLOOR DIRECTOR exits.)

    CHAD: Hello and welcome to The Morning Mishmash with Chad and Nina.

    NINA: All this week on The Morning Mishmash we're exploring a topic near and dear to my heart...the science of stuff.

    (CHAD makes a face)

    NINA: Chad!! You agreed to stop making that face on the air!

    CHAD (sighs): I know. Sorry. But I just want to get back to the things we usually do, like talking to movie stars and making brownies with retired racehorses.

    NINA: And we will, Chad. But this one week is dedicated to SCIENCE. And the audience can't wait to get started, am I right?

    (CLASS applauds wildly. You may wish to have someone hold up an "APPLAUSE" sign during all these instances.)

    NINA (to CHAD): See? Just give it a chance, will you?

    CHAD: Fine.

    NINA: Great. Well, now that we have that over with, let's get on with today's show. We're going to start by talking about a little thing called MATTER.

    CHAD (cheesily): Matter? Sounds important.

    NINA: Oh, it is, Chad. And our first guests today are very concerned that it's also DANGEROUS. Let's welcome them to hear their story.

    (CLASS applauds. CONCERNED GUESTS enter.)

    GUEST #1: Thank you, it's great to be here.

    CHAD: And it's great to have you. Tell us why you're so worried.

    GUEST #2: Well, most people have no idea, but this stuff called matter? It's EVERYWHERE.

    GUEST #3: Matter's in our food, in our drinking water, even in the air we breathe!

    CHAD (aghast): Is that true?

    GUEST #1: Absolutely, Chad. And we are prepared to do something about it. That's why we're here today getting the word out.

    (CLASS applauds)

    NINA: Can we back up just a minute? I'm not sure everyone in our audience knows what matter even IS. Could you explain it?

    GUEST #2: Well...it's...you know...small particles of...you know...
    (looks helplessly at other CONCERNED GUESTS)

    GUEST #3: It's kind of hard to explain.

    NINA: Let's bring on some physicists to help us out.

    (CLASS applauds. PHYSICISTS enter.)

    PHYSICIST #1: Thank you, Nina.
    (to GUESTS)
    And thank YOU for bringing up these concerns.

    PHYSICIST #2: Yes, it's important that we address scientific misconceptions before they spread and make people panic.

    GUEST #1: We're good at panicking!

    PHYSICIST #2: We know.

    GUEST #2: What do you mean, misconceptions?

    PHYSICIST #1: Well, you are right that matter IS in everything.

    GUEST #3 (to ALL): SEE? Even the scientist says so!

    PHYSICIST #2: But matter is not dangerous. It's simply the "stuff" that's makes up everything in the whole universe.

    GUEST #1: Wait...are you saying that all of this matter is NOT harming us?

    PHYSICIST #1: Far from it. It's making us what we are!

      Song 2 - Listen to a clip now!

    GUESTS (sing):
    Times are pretty crazy
    There's matter everywhere
    It's in the food you eat
    It's in the clothes you wear
    Take an evening bath and you'll find matter on your toe
    That sneaky matter follows you no matter where you go.

    Times are pretty crazy
    There's matter everywhere
    It's in your uncle's beard
    (Though please try not to stare)
    Matter's in the air you breathe and in the kiss you blew
    Don't look now but there is matter standing next to you!

    But it's OK, it's OK, it's OK you know

    Everything is made of matter
    Matter's in everything
    Can't get enough
    Of that physical stuff
    That gives the world its zing.

    Times are not that crazy
    Matter's just the same
    It's always been around
    The world's claim to fame.
    The universe is made of it; thank goodness this is true
    Without it there would be no me and there would be no you!

    Yeah it's OK, it's OK, it's OK you know

    Everything is made of matter
    Matter's in everything
    Can't get enough
    Of that physical stuff
    That gives the world its zing.

    Everything is made of matter
    Matter's in everything
    Can't get enough
    Of that physical stuff
    That gives the world its zing.

    (GUESTS and SCIENTISTS exit.)

    CHAD: Phew! Well that's good news. I was definitely heading into panic mode.

    NINA: Let's take a question from the audience.

    (AUDIENCE #1 stands)

    AUDIENCE #1: If matter is in everything, why isn't everything the same? Are there different kinds of matter or something?

    NINA: To explore that excellent question, let's bring out our next guests.

    (CLASS applauds. ARCHITECTS enter.)

    ARCHITECT #1: Thanks, Nina. I never thought small-town architects like us would get to go on a famous talk show!

    CHAD: Architects? I thought today's show was about science?

    ARCHITECT #2: It turns out that building houses has a lot to do with science.

    CHAD: Really? Are you sure?

    ARCHITECT #3: It came as a surprise to us, too.

    NINA: So tell us what happened.

    ARCHITECT #1: Well, the crux of the matter—get it, the CRUX of the MATTER? HA!—is that different kinds of matter have different properties.

    CHAD: I've always wanted to have a lot of different properties.

    ARCHITECT #2: Actually, Chad, what she means is that matter comes in different shapes and sizes and has different qualities.

    ARCHITECT #3: Some things are soft; some are hard. Some things are flexible; some are rigid.

    ARCHITECT #2: And you have to consider the properties of an object before you know how to use it.

    ARCHITECT #1: We learned this the hard way.

      Song 3 - Listen to a clip now!

    ARCHITECTS (sing):
    Bridges made of metal
    Buildings made of wood
    What a lack of vision
    In my neighborhood!

    No one's trying gumdrops
    No one's using hats
    No one's stacking weasels
    To use as roofing slats.

    So I went to city council and I showed my blueprints there
    Complete with liquid sidewalks and highways made of hair
    They took a look and praised me for my creativity
    And then they rolled my blueprints up and gave them back to me.

    Properties of matter
    Properties of matter
    Help us figure out what an object can do
    Properties of matter
    Will it bend, absorb or shatter?
    Properties will tell us what an object can do.

    Now I've learned my lesson
    Properties are key
    Like hardness, strength and texture
    And flexibility

    So now I build more wisely
    With bricks and boards and dirt.
    I save the hats for wearing,
    The gumdrops for dessert.

    Properties of matter
    Properties of matter
    Help us figure out what an object can do
    Properties of matter
    Will it bend, absorb or shatter?
    Properties will tell us what an object can do.
    Properties will tell us what an object can do.

    (ARCHITECTS exit.)

    CHAD: Wow. Whoever said "mind over matter" never tried building a gumdrop house, am I right?

    NINA: Words of wisdom, Chad. Now let's move on to today's Power Question: What are the three states of matter?

    CHAD: That answer and more...after this word from our sponsor.

    (BOB, BONNIE, and BABY enter. BABY sits on the ground playing with toys.)

    BONNIE: Are your child's toys driving you CRAZY?

    BOB: All those fancy parts always breaking?

    BONNIE: All those awful sirens and songs giving you a headache?

    BOB: What you need is to get back to basics.

    BONNIE: With Bob & Bonnie's Building Blocks of the Universe.

    (BONNIE holds up one or several small blocks. These can be actual blocks, or dice, or any other cube-shaped objects. The important thing is that they should appear to have nothing on them.)

    BOB: "Normal" blocks are covered with DISTRACTING letters and pictures.

    (HE holds up a normal block and gives it to BABY, who can't stop looking at all the sides.)

    BONNIE: Studies show that "normal" blocks make babies feel bad about themselves for not being able to read.

    (BABY starts to cry.)

    BOB: But Bob & Bonnie's Building Blocks of the Universe are pure creative fun!

    BONNIE: Your baby can build a variety of objects, take them apart, and build something else.

    (SHE gives BABY the plain blocks; BABY looks overjoyed and starts to build.)

    BOB: In the same way that matter has been built since the beginning of the universe.

    BONNIE: With the same particles combining to make different objects.

    BOB: Think about it. Doesn't your child deserve better than some loud, flashing, fragile toy that destroys his or her self-esteem?

    BONNIE: Get back to basics—

    BOB: —and we mean BASICS—

    BONNIE: —with Bob & Bonnie's Building Blocks of the Universe!

    (BOB, BONNIE, and BABY exit. FLOOR DIRECTOR enters.)

    This concludes the first one-third of the script.

    Overall Customer Rating:
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    Customer Reviews: 9

    Los Alamos, NM

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    • Great!
    • Fun and Educational
    • Super for Elementary K-6
    Excellent - Even During COVID Stay-At-Home!!!

    This play was awesome!! We had to practice during COVID while all children (K-5) were at home and they did great. Then, we came together and performed it outside, socially-distanced, and with props the children made once they saw their "stage". The children loved the play and totally got into each character. We were able to add some last-minute children the day of the play and they smoothly fit right in. Thank you Bad Wolf Press for making this a super experience!!!!

    New York

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    Humor and Learning combined

    My group of students were so excited and into performing this play. They were constantly practicing their lines and singing the songs, and were really looking forward to the live performances. Sadly, our school had to move to remote learning before they could perform. We are trying to do some of it via recording, but it is a challenge. Luckily, I know they learned the material even without getting to do the play for others.

    St. Paul Lutheran School, Bloomer

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    • Catchy tunes and words!
    Matter and Its Properties

    We did a dual performance with grades 3k preschool - grade 8 along with the play Forces and Motion. Both were a hit with the kids and audience alike. The kids looked forward to listening to the music from the get go. Very catchy tunes and words. They caught on to the songs easily and will be continuing to sing them for weeks!

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    Outstanding results when teaching ELD

    Half of my scientists are non-native English speakers so the songs are the best way to get everyone engaged, talking, using scientific descriptions, applyging all that the properties of matter in an unforgettable rhythm. The parents have sent emails about how impressed they were with their child’s retention. It’s should be accredited entirely to Bad Wolf Press

    Chula Vista

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    Matter and Its Properties

    This is one of my favorite plays that my class has performed because since it was a talk show the guests didn't have to have costumes. The stage setup was like the Ellen Show with little couches. My students loved this show!

    Santee, CA

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    • humorous
    • educational
    My students LOVED this play - and learned so much!

    I am a long time user of Bad Wolf Press plays, and this is one of the best! My students loved the songs and learned so much about solids, liquids and gases. I was able to easily integrate science activities with the concepts addressed in the play. There are some more complex concepts for older students, but it was easy to do the play and adjust it so that younger students weren't overwhelmed by the more advanced content. All of my parents loved our performance!

    Calvert City, KY

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    • Creative & fun
    • Great product!
    Properties of matter: the science of stuff

    Easy to use, great content, creative, and aligns with NGSS science standards.

    Pasco, WA

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    • a couple of songs are difficult to learn
    The Science of Stuff

    I am using the play, The Science of Stuff during an after-school program. It is going really well. The music was well received and catchy! It definitely hits on topics about the different states of matter, how temperature changes matter and its states and how matter has different properties that determines how we use it. I cannot wait for our performance in 2 weeks.

    McLean, VA

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    • easy sets and costumes
    • fits my curriculum in 2nd grade
    • funny
    Matter is so easy to put on!

    I am currently putting on the Matter show with my second grade class. It is a perfect fit for my curriculum. I was easily able to break up the longer parts, Chad and Nina, into pieces my kids could handle. Sets are a piece of cake and I am just drawing on t shirts for costumes. I have done many Bad Wolf plays in the past but this one is the easiest to produce. It would be a good starter for a teacher who has never done a musical before.

    Common Core and Other National Standards


    • Next Generation Science Standard, Structure and Properties of Matter for 2nd, 5th, and middle school
    • National Science Content Standard B for K-4th, B for 5th-8th

    Language Arts

    National Core Arts Standards


    Scientific Terms, Concepts, and References

    evaporation condensation observe chemical reaction matter
    particle physicist properties mass space
    molecule atom / atomic micro / microscopic bonds vibrations
    melting point boiling point freezing point solid liquid
    gas substance plasma reversible change irreversible change

    General Vocabulary-Building

    mishmash misconception zing "crux of the matter" "mind over matter"
    flexible rigid slat blueprints bypass
    surpass unfurl liquid assets flash mob heart palpitations
    trance stream (v.) "it's not you, it's me" "cramp your style" sluggardly
    stockpot captivating illuminating marvels spoiler
    intense freefall suspense transform profound
    evermore "get with the program"
    Number of questions: 0

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