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Sixth graders discover heat is conducted in a variety of ways. In this physical science lesson, 6th graders investigate various conductors of heat, they explain their findings, and discover how energy is exchanged between objects through radiation. To conclude the lesson, students write predictions in their science notebooks to questions prompted by the teacher.
Second graders study physics through the investigation of magnets. In this physical science lesson, 2nd graders watch a PowerPoint about magnetism and complete a magnet experiment. Students review terms associated with magnets and complete a chart of items in their classroom that would be repelled or attracted to magnets. Students complete a map by identifying objects that a magnet would attract.
Young scholars perform tests in the lab to identify an unknown substance. In this physical science lesson, students observe the physical and chemical properties of substances. They formulate a conclusion based on experimental results.
Sixth graders explore physical and chemical changes. For this physical science lesson, 6th graders study vocabulary, discuss the changes they see in the world and look up information on chemical and physical changes. Students create graphic organizers to compare chemical and physical changes, take a walk outside and identify 10 examples of each. Students take pictures of one chemical and one physical change. They write a paragraph about each.
Students explore the different features of a roller coaster using an interactive website. In this physical science lesson, students explain the role of science to make this thrill ride possible. They develop a creative presentation about what they have learned.
Young scholars compare and contrast a cell and a battery. In this physical science lesson, students explain how they create energy. They conduct an experiment to apply what they have learned in this lesson.
Students identify the steps involved in the scientific method. In this physical science lesson, students compare and contrast their description of scientific process with what they saw in the video. They share their findings in class.
Students use the design process to investigate physical science.  In this force and motion lesson, design a track to achieve a specified outcome. Students complete additional experiments with speed and distance.  Students recognize the resistance caused by friction.
Learners identify the problems associated with building a structure on permafrost. In this physical science lesson, students investigate how heat and pressure affect the rate of ice melting. They read an article about traditional housing and write an essay that explains why the permafrost underneath the structures did not thaw.
Challenge your class with these physical science puzzlers, twisters, and teasers. Each individual responds to a series of riddle-style questions that are related to scientific terminology. While this has little educational value, it could be a fun in-class activity that would engage learners in science. Answers are not provided, so you will need to puzzle through these brain teasers yourself in order to grade your leaners' work!
Students explore the concept of density and buoyancy. In this physics lesson plan, students discover the different factors that affect an object's density and buoyancy in water. Students conduct several investigations to further understand the concept. 
Students view a video on friction and examine how friction and gravity affect some sports.  In this investigative lesson students write a paragraph and draw a picture that illustrates how friction and gravity affect sports.
Middle schoolers create a visual timeline of skyscrapers built in the past 20 years. In this physical science instructional activity, students research important facts about the building. They discuss the challenges architects face when building skyscrapers.
Second graders investigate how sound is made through vibrations. In this sound waves lesson, 2nd graders visit five different Vibrating Cups centers, record observations in their notebooks, and share their findings with the class.  To conclude, students complete a thinking map and answer two questions.
Young scholars explore physical science by completing a lab assignment. For this sunlight lesson, students define a list of scientific vocabulary terms and complete fill in the blank questions. Young scholars conduct a photographic experiment in which they view heat rays in class.
Students discuss how investigators solve a hit and run accident. In this physical science activity, students recreate an accident scene using CEENBot. They collect data from the experiment and formulate conclusion.
Investigate deep sea discovery through the emerging technology being built.  In this physical science lesson, students analyze the different types of motion available in the human arm.  Students research educational websites discussing deep sea research and complete worksheets.
Students determine how forensics analyze handwriting samples. In this physical science lesson, students research how handwriting analyses help solve their assigned cases. They prepare a skit and present it in class.
Sixth graders investigate the difference between a physical and chemical change. They collect data and categorize it into one of two categories. The data is considered a change that is chemical or physical.
Students explore the properties of electricity. This lab shows students the need for a circuit in order to have a flow of electricity. It demonstrates Ohm's law, which relates voltage, current, and resistance.

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