Physical Chemical Changes

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This interesting lesson introduces students to the differences between physical and chemical changes. The lesson also includes the related vocabulary and physical and chemical properties of various substances. Many students may be aware of changes in matter, such as solid to liquid, liquid to gas, etc., but may not fully understand the science behind the changes and the differences between the chemical and physical changes involved. The teacher is encouraged to do as many hands-on activities or demonstrations as possible to enhance understanding. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other chemistry-related lessons.

Physical Chemical Changes Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Physical Chemical Changes.
  • Hands-on homework activities to reinforce their knowledge and understanding of Physical Chemical Changes.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

This interesting lesson introduces students to the differences between physical and chemical changes. The lesson also includes the related vocabulary and physical and chemical properties of various substances. Many students may be aware of changes in matter, such as solid to liquid, liquid to gas, etc., but may not fully understand the science behind the changes and the differences between the chemical and physical changes involved. The teacher is encouraged to do as many hands-on activities or demonstrations as possible to enhance understanding. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other chemistry-related lessons.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask: What is matter? What changes matter? What is the difference between changes of matter? (These questions are also a review for the definition of matter, which students should know.)
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Lead the discussion to chemical and physical changes.
  3. Distribute Physical-Chemical Changes content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Students rotate between stations. If a pair of students is not at a station, instruct them to work on the responses to the stations they have already visited. Circulate among the stations to check for understanding and to assure the stations are returned in their original condition.
  5. When all students have completed the stations, review and discuss the completed charts. Be sure students explain why it is a chemical or physical change. (You may also demonstrate other changes, especially chemical, found in the additional resources.)
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  8. In closing, ask students to: Name three of the same physical and chemical changes that take place in your life each day.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA.Science.4.RI.4
CCSS.ELA.Science.4.RI.7
CCSS.ELA.Science.5.RI.4
CCSS.ELA.Science.5.RI.7
CCSS.ELA.Science.6.RST.4
CCSS.ELA.Science.6.RST.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Science

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10/29/2018
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Creative Science Mayerials

We look forward to using them in our studies.