Physical Sciences Teacher Resources
Find Physical Sciences educational ideas and activities
Showing 1 - 20 of 1,833 resources
The Basics: Physical Science
Middle schoolers 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.
6th Grade Physical Science Thermal Energy:So hot in here!
Sixth graders discover heat is conducted in a variety of ways. In this physical science instructional activity, 6th graders investigate various conductors of heat, they explain their findings, and discover how energy is exchanged between objects through radiation. To conclude the instructional activity, students write predictions in their science notebooks to questions prompted by the teacher.
Action at a Distance Lab
The concepts involved with static electricity are typically taught in upper elementary physical science units. The lab described in this resource has pupils examine the behavior of small pieces of paper and a balloon when a charged piece of cellophane tape is brought near. They also investigate of the interactions between the different pieces of tape. Know that there is no lab sheet provided, so you will either need to create one, or have learners write up their own lab reports. The bonus in this resource is the links to associated reading materials from the same publisher.
Second graders study physics through the investigation of magnets. In this physical science activity, 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.
Hydroelectric and Geothermal: Benefits and Drawbacks
Take a closer look at hydroelectric and geothermal energy with your physical science class. Do the benefits really outweigh the costs to the surrounding areas? After doing some reading about each, small groups discuss and create a presentation about one of the two energy sources. Though this is not a unique assignment, the images, articles, and other resources provided are first class! Links to other related resources and lessons allow you to build an entire unit as well.
Environmental Awareness — Think Global, Act Local
Students identify the different hazardous wastes and the dangers they post to the environment. In this physical science lesson, students brainstorm ways to dispose them properly. They create a short story, song or poem to conclude the lesson.
Play "Would You Rather" with your physical science class as an anticipatory set. Each game question is related to the pressure put on an area of the body. Let this activate a discussion on forces, pressure, and area. Give your class Newton's second law of motion and the formula F=ma. With the concept in mind, your class will explore pressure using a variety of hands-on materials. Finally, they apply their learning to the real-world scenario of deep-sea diving. A video about James Cameron's ocean exploration, handouts, detailed teacher's notes and background information, and a link to an online mapmaking activity combine for a richly detailed lesson!
The Case of Similar Substances
Learners perform tests in the lab to identify an unknown substance. For this physical science lesson, students observe the physical and chemical properties of substances. They formulate a conclusion based on experimental results.
Call to Arms: Robotic Analogues for Human Structures
Investigate deep sea discovery through the emerging technology being built. In this physical science lesson, young scholars analyze the different types of motion available in the human arm. Students research educational websites discussing deep sea research and complete worksheets.
Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition - Now You See Me, Now You Don't
Young scholars examine bioluminescence and camouflage of deep sea creatures. In this deep sea creatures lesson, students investigate the visible and near-visible light spectrum. They work in small groups to complete a light, color, and camouflage activity using the given worksheet.
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 explore electromagnetism. In this Physical Science lesson plan, students will build an electromagnet after watching an anticipation video. The young scholars will manipulate variables to attempt to change the strength of their electromagnet.
Physical Science and the Scientific Method
Students examine the scientific method using a variety of physical science activities. For this 5E lesson model, students explore the scientific method by measuring bubbles and building towers.
Investigating the Climate System - Clouds
Here is a fabulous lesson on the Earth's radiant energy system. This amazing, 31-page document is chock-full of great activities, worksheets, lab sheets, quizzes, rubrics, and assessments. Learners model and explain cloud formation, calculate incoming and outgoing radiation, identify aerosols in the earth's atmosphere, and make climate predictions. This is one of the finest educational resources I've come across! Highly recommended for your upper-elementary and middle schoolers.
Acid Neutralization Lab
Learners discuss and design a lab to measure pH of limestone, pyrite, limestone-pyrite mixtures and their control. They have their labs approved by the instructor before they begin. Students preform the lab and explore the acid-base interactions and the concept of neutralization.
Investigating the Relationship of Mass to Volume
Third graders explore the relationship of mass to volume. In this physical science lesson, 3rd graders participate in an investigation with a several materials and measure the mass and volume using scientific tools. Students discuss and record the correlation between mass and volume.
Investigating the Types of Energy in Different Objects
Young scholars investigate forms of energy. In this physical science energy lesson, students work with a partner classifying household items according to the type of energy they have. Young scholars complete a related worksheet.
Energy At Play
If you can find Tinker Toys™, then this may be a fun assignment for your physical science class. Using the construction set and a few other toys, they examine the forces involved when it they are being played with. For each, they determine how potential energy is stored, when kinetic energy is in action, and how energy is transferred. The instructional activity is long and materials heavy, but if you prepare a kit with the materials, you can use it over and over again to help you teach energy.
Forensic Detectives: Archaeology at Work
Dig in! Middle schoolers learn about archaeology by exploring the remnants of the Chiribaya bodies found in Illinois. Compare archaeological investigations, and then write a mystery detailing the discovery of a body! Consider bringing in other articles detailing archaeological discoveries. Kids love this stuff!
A Matter of Density
Given the depth, temperature, and salinity of ocean water, physical science classes use an online seawater density calculator to determine the density and sigma values. With the data, they assess the relationship between density and other factors. Then, they consider what happens to buoyant larva in these areas. This is a useful lesson to help middle schoolers make the connection between physical environment and species survival.