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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 activity, students design an experiment to determine the factors affecting potential and kinetic energy. They calculate speed and create distance vs. time graphs.
Fifth graders look for examples of chemical and physical changes in the world around them.
Young scholars look for examples of chemical and physical changes in the world around them and complete "What's Happening in My World" worksheet.
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 design and build their own cars. In this physics lesson, students test their car's speed and make changes when necessary. They graph data and analyze results.
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. For 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.
Learners engage in a activity 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.
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.
Students find examples of physical and chemical changes using the five Web World Wonders camera sites.
In this chemical and physical change worksheet, students conduct a variety of experiments with unknown solutions and make observations. Students determine if the properties of the solutions have changed and if there is a chemical or physical change for each reaction.
Identify at least five benefits of physical activity and guide students to experience fun feeling healthy. Your class will participate in the Synchronized Chair Dance. Worksheet and Evaluation are included.
Students read about matter by creating an in-class diagram. For this chemical lesson, students  identify the properties of solids and liquids and discuss ways they can transform chemically and physically. Students define a list of vocabulary terms and create a diagram based on a chemical and physical change.
Students 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.
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 examine  friction and gravity. affect four sports. In this scientific discovery lesson, students examine how friction and gravity affect sports. They discuss, write, and illustrate the effect of different forces on various sports.
Third graders study the three states of matter and identify the physical changes that take place between them. There is an initial teacher-led demonstration followed by a meaningful whole-class inquiry. These two activities should lead to a greater understanding of physical changes that take place between the three states of matter. Very good lesson for early elementary scientists!
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.
In this chemical and physical change worksheet, students are given details about chemical and physical changes. They are given 2 examples using water and salt and they identify 15 statements as chemical or physical changes. Students choose 2 examples and explain why they identified them as physical or chemical changes.