Physics Teacher Resources

How does the universe work? This question is at the heart of physics and sparks the curiosity of students of all ages. At Lesson Planet, we have a variety of resources to inspire and engage the young physicists in your classroom.

Kindergartners learn the basics of motion and speed with a fun lesson plan about fast and slow. A video on mass, gravity, and weight teaches learners about where they weigh the most, while an interdisciplinary project brings physics concepts to theater and stagecraft.

Above all, physics is cool! Entrance young learners with a video on how microwaving grapes creates plasma, a project on the physics of a Slinky, or a lesson on the application of physics concepts to sports. Demonstrate the conservation of momentum with an office chair and weights or build a marble roller coaster. At Lesson Planet, the possibilities are endless!

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Physical Science: Properties of Matter

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Looking for a way to engage elementary and middle school learners during a unit on properties of matter? Add these fun and informative videos from Crash Course Kids to your lesson plans. Each video in the playlist features entertaining...
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Minute Physics: Intro to Special Relativity Course

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Special relativity is a physical theory that explains the relationship between space and time. A collection of eight videos makes this complex—and at times confusing—concept a little easier to understand. Simple drawings illustrate each...
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The Physics of Fluid Mechanics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
In this collection, Pascal’s law, Archimedes’ Principle, and Bernoulli’s Principle aid young engineers in understanding the physics of fluid mechanics. Armed with the knowledge of how forces are applied to fluids, scholars design...
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Physical Science: Introduction to Gravity

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Young scientists will feel the pull of a collection of five videos that introduce them to the concept of gravity. Viewers learn about Sir Isaac Newton's big ideas, gravitational forces, air resistance, and escape velocity. An engaging...
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Cross-Curricular Reading Comprehension Worksheets

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
This series of cross-curricular resources covers just about every subject, ranging from social studies to geometry to physical science. Each worksheet includes a reading passage and five questions that require learners to apply reading...
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How Will You Describe Me?

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
There are many ways to describe people. Their physical appearances, personality traits, and behaviors are a few examples. This also applies to characters in literature, and it is important for our children to be able to identify obvious...
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Adaptations

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Viewers learn about adaptations of plants, animals, and humans through a collection of four Animal League videos. Host Britt Garner discusses behavioral and physical adaptations like camouflage. Also featured are unique adaptions like...
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Crash Course: Intellectual Property

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Intellectual property is a whole new, fast growing field of law. The basic ideas is that non-physical property or a novel idea can be owned owned. The seven-episode collection defines intellectual property, and covers the complexity of...
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Mixtures and Solutions

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Engineers must consider the properties of matter when designing new things like synthetic materials, medicines, cleaning solutions, devices, and structures. To prepare for this new world, brave young engineers examine the fundamentals of...
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Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The 10 inquiry-based lessons in this collection, developed for NOAA Voyages of Discovery and the Ocean Explorer WebSite, give young oceanographers experience using scientific data and modeling scientific work and thinking. Beginning with...
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Ecosystems and the Flow of Energy

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Different ecosystems thrive in various places, with a variety of habitats, including specific plants and animals that have adapted to survive in those specific conditions. But they all have one thing in common: all of the energy that...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 10-12, Unit 4

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Climate change is the focus of a three-lesson collection that asks students to consider how people living around the world are affected by the changes they researched. In the second lesson they examine their own carbon footprints.The...
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STEM Ed Hub: Design Resources

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Engineering design-based activities make learning science fun. Young engineers design dams, lifeguard chairs, musical instruments, candy bags, and much more. They also use measurement skills to solve the mystery of the missing pin. Each...
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Up, Up and Away! - Airplanes

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Oh, if only Sir Isaac and Bernoulli could see us now. Even Orville and Wilbur would be amazed by what engineers have designed using their ideas. Next generation engineers put these principles to use as they use what they learn about...
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Multimedia Discovery Missions

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The Multimedia Discovery Missions collection is a series of 13 interactive presentations and activities that introduce young geologists and oceanographers to fundamental concepts involving the Earth’s crust and ocean sea life. Benthos,...
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College Physics for AP® Courses

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Take a look at an organized physics course. The 34-section electronic textbook covers material in AP® Physics 1 and 2. Teachers use the text to supplement lectures and have the class work through the labs. Each section contains multiple...
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Study Jams! Physical & Chemical Changes of Matter

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Poor Sam! His graham crackers have undergone a physical change, so he can't make his s'mores! Mia explains that their molecules haven't changed, therefore they are still graham crackers. The two teens then discuss clues that would...
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AP Physics 1 and 2 Inquiry-Based Lab Investigations

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Have you ever wondered what type of AP Physics investigations The College Board wants? This is the guide for you! Sixteen labs covering both Physics I and II will get you started and inspire you to meet the requirement of 25 percent of...
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Physical Changes and States of Matter - One

For Teachers 3rd Standards
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...
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Typical Numeric Questions for Physics I - Atomic Spectra

For Students 9th - 12th
Seven practice problems are presented to physics pros in this assignment. Given the wavelengths, they perform computations for emission spectra. This brief worksheet makes an appropriate pop quiz.
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The Who's Who of Quantum Physics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This wonderful recap of powerful figures in scientific history includes pictures, important dates, and the information about their inventions or impact. Atomic structure and the photoelectric effect are introduced. The first slide gives...
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Physical and Chemical Changes

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What is more important, style or substance? This video explains the difference between physical (style) changes and chemical (substance) changes. It uses many examples and various ways of determining which type of change has occurred. 
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WS 1.2 Metric Units I/ Physical vs. Chemical

For Students 10th - 12th
For this metric units and properties worksheet, students determine the proper metric unit given a variety of measurements for specific items. They also identify chemical and physical properties and chemical and physical changes.
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Amusement Park Physics

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students conduct a series of experiments on conservation of energy and momentum. In this physics lesson, students investigate the factors affecting the period of the pendulum. They build a roller coaster and calculate the marble's...