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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.
Learners 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.
Second graders study physics through the investigation of magnets. In this physical science lesson plan, 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.
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.
Physical science learners model radioactive decay by conducting a probability experiment with pennies. They record what occurs in a data table that they create, and then graph the results. The lesson plan includes clearly-written procedures for the teacher and students, handouts, examples, reference links and more!
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! 
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.
Middle schoolers perform tests in the lab to identify an unknown substance. In this physical science instructional activity, students observe the physical and chemical properties of substances. They formulate a conclusion based on experimental results.
Sixth graders explore physical and chemical changes. In 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.
Young scholars 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.
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.
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 plan to help middle schoolers make the connection between physical environment and species survival. 
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.
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.
Students 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.
High schoolers examine the components of a sonar system. In this physical science lesson students explain how multibeam and sidescan sonar systems are useful to ocean explorers.  High schoolers simulate sonar operations in an activity using a motion detector and a graphing calculator.
Students identify the steps involved in the scientific method. In this physical science lesson plan, students compare and contrast their description of scientific process with what they saw in the video. They share their findings in class.
Students demonstrate their understanding of various physical science concepts.  In this research based lesson, students will create a book describing facts about force, motion, energy, sound, and magnetism. Their finished product will include how we use physical science in society.
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 lesson 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.

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