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The Properties of Clay
Sixth graders determine the physical properties of clay by examining ceramic works of art. They evaluate local soil samples for suitability for sculpting and compare clay taken from soil to manufactured clay.
Properties of Matter
Students investigate the properties of matter. For this properties of matter lesson, students observe containers of different metals and discuss their properties including density. Students find the density of an unknown metal and of irregular objects. They experiment to show diffusion in liquids, polarity in liquids and they examine the physical properties of ionic and molecular solids. They conclude the lesson investigating bond types and physical properties in solids.
Physical Properties and Changes
Fourth graders expand their knowledge about the physical properties of matter and how those properties can be changed. Students are given multiple opportunities, using first-hand experiences and familiar objects in different contexts, to identify characteristics of a physical change.
Students examine the properties of matter as they change into different states. In groups, they compare and contrast the similarities and differences of the physical properties of two objects. They share their conclusions with the class to end the lesson.
Water Basics: Let's Get Physical
Students explore the four physical properties of water (high surface tension, high boiling and freezing points, high specific heat capacity and density anomaly).
Ice Cream Chemical and Physical Changes
Fourth graders identify characteristics of a simple physical and chemical change. They describe objects by the properties of the materials from which they are made and that these properties can be used separate. Students describe the physical properties of ingredients used to make ice cream.
Fourth graders expand their knowledge about how the physical properties of a substances can be changed. They are given multiple opportunities, using first-hand experiences and familiar objects in different contexts, to identify characteristics of a physical change.
Rocks and Soil
Students explore the physical properties of rocks. They explore the three different types of rocks and are able to compare and contrast their different properties. Students simulate the creation of sedimentary rock, they also understand about relative age.
Science of Slime
Students investigate the physical properties of a rather peculiar substance commonly known as slime. They devise and carryout a procedure for testing the effect of varying concentrations of either the poly(vinyl alcohol) or the borax solution on slime. Teacher guide available at website.
What's the Matter? (Grades 6-7)
Students explain the physical properties of matter. They, in groups, perform a variety of experiments, each demonstrating a different property of matter. A very nice, hands-on instructional activity!
Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter
Students identify the physical and chemical properties of matter. They review the types of matter. Students list the four states of matter (Solid, Liquid, Gas and Plasma). They recognize and describe the different types of matter.
Gases and Their Properties
Students simulate the greenhouse effect using a group activity. For this physical science lesson, students discuss the possible effects of greenhouse gases in the environment. They analyze a graph of projected community temperature and discuss ideas about using alternative forms of energy.
Properties of Water
Students study the three physical properties of water-solid, liquid and gas. They classify materials as solids, liquids, and gases. They define the terms solids, liquids and matter and explain that when materials are manipulated, they can take on different properties.
Pumpkin Properties are a Smash!
Students receive a miniature pumpkin and proceed through several stations to measure a variety of physical properties. The data is entered into a data sheet and the mass and volume measurements are used to calculate density. They also use the information to create different graphs to determine whether there is any correlation between the different physical properties.
Students explore the six phase transitions between gases, liquids and solids for a variety of elements. Each group of students focuses on a different element, investigating its physical properties during each of the six phase transitions.
Am I Big and Blue or Small and Yellow?
Students explore the concept of physical properties using a Venn diagram. In this classifying lesson, students compare provided objects by shape, size, and color. They then explore collecting and organizing objects of their own. Students are assessed by classifying soil samples at the conclusion of the lesson.
Fifth graders evaluate the physical properties of 5 powders. Each powder is subject to different conditions. They describe each observation as with a chemical change or a physical change.
Students observe water change from a liquid to a gas state when heated and then return to its liquid stage when cooled. They learn that gas molecules move faster than liquid molecules. They discover physical properties that describe how water reacts, feels, looks, and that those properties change when heat is applied or taken away.
Performing Well Under Pressure
Students study the physical properties of minerals and illustrate their functions. In this mineral lesson students construct models of some minerals.
Making Cents of Density
Students utilize their knowledge of the physical properties of matter such as mass, volume, and density to solve a problem. They utilize the scientific method to solve a problem. Pupils analyze their data to determine whether their hypothesis was correct or incorrect.