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Fourth graders explore physical changes. They discuss that physical change is a change in size, shape, or state of matter of a substance. Students explore what change takes place when two substances can dissolve each other. They observe physical changes.
How far would your pupils go to be able to have access to books? Revisit Heather Henson and David Small's That Book Woman and challenge class members to take on the role of Cal or the Book Woman. By putting themselves in someone else's place, learners will discover different perspectives and understand better the envrionmental difficulties that Cal and the Book Woman face. After role-playing, transition into a brief informational text about physical envrionments. An engaging beginning to this Common Core desgined unit.
Present information about Max Planck and quantum physics while practicing reading comprehension. Class members read a short text and then use a dictionary and an acronym finder to complete the 4 reading comprehension questions about Max Planck and quantum physics. This is not the most innovative resource, but it does provide complicated text to read. Check for errors.
Students conduct a webquest on an energy source they chose. In this physics lesson, students design an experiment to determine the factors affecting potential and kinetic energy. They calculate speed and create distance vs. time graphs.
Learners encounter a real-life robotic arm that may help stroke victims regain control of their environment. The Robotic physical therapy--the new science. They research the history and foundation to this unique alternative to long care rehabilitation.
Second graders use physical models to represent and demonstrate place value concepts by using base-ten blocks and hundreds charts. They compare numbers to see which number is smaller or larger and put numbers in order from smallest to largest.
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  friction and gravity. affect four sports. In this scientific discovery instructional activity, students examine how friction and gravity affect sports. They discuss, write, and illustrate the effect of different forces on various sports.
Oscillation is the topic of this exam. Physics learners show what they know about the speed of transverse waves, frequency of wavelengths, pendulum and spring motion. Plenty of space is allowed for test takers to display their work. 
Twelve pages of mostly multiple-choice questions comprise this comprehensive New York Regents physics exam. It covers an entire year's worth of physics curriculum and requires about three hours for completion. Review the questions to make sure that they are all covered in your class, then create your own answer sheet for student use. This is an outstanding resource to use as a final exam.
Students describe the science of physics. In this Physics lesson, students observe examples of physics within their classroom. Students create a definition for physics.
Students compare and contrast electromagnetic and physical waves. In this wave lesson, students discover that all waves reflect, refract, and diffract energy. Students work in small groups to experiment with waves and evaluate the type of motion being produced.
Using Java Applets in the physics classroom can be a great way to reinforce scientific concepts.
High schoolers watch a video of real-world situations regarding speed, direction, velocity, force, etc. and answer questions while viewing. They then practice drawing and using vectors to solve more real-world problems.
Learners experiment, identify and apply the concepts of chemical and physical changes utilizing real-world examples. They discuss and model physical and chemical changes, answer guided questions and play a game that reinforces the concept taught today.
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the concepts related to the study of Physics. They participate in class discussion and list common misconceptions of Physics. Students write and discuss the problem of Science illiteracy.
Learners characterize a physical change as something that changes to a different size, but retains its basic substance. They measure volumes using milliliters, and perform an experiment that proves that gases expand when hot and contract when they cool off. The experiment is easy to implement, and the instructions are clear and concise.
Students are introduced to the concept of thermodynamics. In groups, they participate in experiments in which they discover how potential energy converts into kinetic energy. They use the internet to research the components of a combustion engine and explain the four-stroke combustion cycle. They use all of their information to create a Science Fair project.
Provide the details about Felix Baumgartner's sky jump from the far reaches of our atmosphere, 39,045 meters up! Then get your physics free fallers to evaluate the factors that played a role in his acceleration, the time to reach maximum speed, and maneuvering. In one question on the worksheet, learners must calculate how long it took for him to reach maximum speed. The rest of the questions involve critical thinking skills. It is recommended that if you use the lesson plan, that you also find a video online of Mr. Baumgartner's feat.
Eighth graders access the TDC database and view the Brady photos, which depict Abraham Lincoln throughout various times in history. They analyze the photos and discuss the reasons for the changes in President Lincoln's appearance over time.