Physical Sciences Teacher Resources

Leave the living things to life science; the study of non-living systems belongs to physical science! Whether you’re introducing chemistry, physics, or the basics of the scientific method, we’ve got high-quality resources available for any classroom setting.

To start, introduce learners to the concepts of physical science with a playlist of entertaining videos that illustrate the practical application of physics concepts. A straightforward reference sheet is a great addition to any physical sciences reference binder, and this worksheet on simple machines includes information about pulleys, inclined planes, and levers.

Want to be more creative in science class? Watch a demonstrative video about how a macaroni salad symbolizes chemical mixtures, or perform a lab on the speed of sound. An interactive resource reinforces the Law of Acceleration, while an engaging interdisciplinary activity prompts young athletes to examine the physics of their favorite sports.

There are examples of physical science everywhere you look—and there are great ways to teach physical science everywhere you look on Lesson Planet!

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Light Travels Through Objects

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars experiment with materials that allow light to pass through.  In this physical science lesson, students investigate the way light is absorbed by many different glass objects and household items.  Young scholars write their...
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Changing the Density of an Object - Adding Material

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
In this sixth of seven activities revolving around the concept of density, physical science fans figure out if anything can be done to change the density of an object. Demonstrate by placing a can of regular and a can of diet soda into a...
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Get Connected with Ohm's Law

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Ideal for your electricity unit, especially with middle schoolers, this lesson plan gets engineers using multimeters in electrical circuits to explore the relationships among voltage, current, and resistance. Older learners may even plot...
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Diffraction

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Kindle knowledge of how light travels by using this activity in your physical science curriculum. By setting up a candle flame or flashlight bulb and viewing it through a slit, observers of light see evidence of its wave characteristic....
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Exploring Basic Physical Science Concepts

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students use the concepts of simple machines to construct a mobile. The inquiry is made in groups and presentations are made by constructing reports. The assessment is based upon the final product of the mobile and how students use...
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The Case of Similar Substances

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students perform tests in the lab to identify an unknown substance. In this physical science lesson, students observe the physical and chemical properties of substances. They formulate a conclusion based on experimental results.
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Racing M&M Colors

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
More than anything, this is great practice in scientific inquiry. After discovering that the color coating of an M&M® dissolves in water during a preceding activity, investigators now question whether or not the color makes a...
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Race the Track! Design Challenge

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students use the design process to investigate physical science.  In this force and motion lesson, design a track to achieve a specified outcome. Students complete additional experiments with speed and distance.  Students recognize the...
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Lesson Plan for Garbage Pizza

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Students explore what types of garbage enter the landfill. In this physical science activity, students explain the importance of recycling. They make a poster about reducing, reusing and recycling materials.
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M&M's in Different Temperatures

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Help your class come up with a procedure for comparing the dissolving rates of colored candy coating in different temperatures of water. If you are placing importance on controlled variables with your class, make sure that they use equal...
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More Functions, More Features

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Learners tackle a wide range of intimidating topics in this comprehensive unit that spans piecewise functions, absolute value of functions, and inverse functions (among other topics). Investigative group work alternates with more...
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Waves & Currents

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
Challenge your young readers with a passage about physical science. After reading about sound waves and electric currents, kids answer five reading comprehension questions about what they have read.
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Physical Science and the Scientific Method

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine the scientific method using a variety of physical science activities. In this 5E lesson model, students explore the scientific method by measuring bubbles and building towers.
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Graphing Motion

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students interpret different motion graphs. In this physical science lesson, students perform a walking experiment using motion sensors. They analyze the slopes of resulting graphs.
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Weather Analysis - Lab Activity

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders perform research in the subject of weather to answer several key questions to increase comprehension of concepts. Students use weather prediction as an application for the research.
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Atom and Ion Builder

For Students 6th - 12th
Explore and control the building blocks of atoms! Physical science superstars add and remove subatomic particles to create atoms and ions with an easy-to-use interactive. An alternate activity includes an assignment that focuses on the...
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Electrostatics: Maze Game

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Ready to have an a-MAZE-ing time teaching electrostatics? Introduce physical science superstars to an engaging resource that tests their knowledge of attractive and repulsive forces. Pupils change the charge of a ball to guide it through...
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Invisible Rays

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students explore physical science by completing a lab assignment. In this sunlight lesson, students define a list of scientific vocabulary terms and complete fill in the blank questions. Students conduct a photographic experiment in...
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Endothermic and Exothermic Chemical Reactions

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders describe the energy transfer in endothermic and exothermic reactions. In this physical science lesson, 9th graders observe reactions in the lab and classify them according to the two types mentioned. Given a set of chemical...
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Keep it Warm

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Young scholars evaluate physical science by participating in a heat conducting experiment. In this insulation lesson, students utilize glass jars with lids, thermometers, insulating materials and paper to conduct a heat energy...
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Gases and Their Properties

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students simulate the greenhouse effect using a group activity. In this physical science lesson, students discuss the possible effects of greenhouse gases in the environment. They analyze a graph of projected community temperature and...
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Waste to Watts

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders construct their own calorimeter. In this physical science lesson, 11th graders determine the energy produced by plant products. They create a bar graph and analyze their results.
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Physical Science: Gravity

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students investigate the properties of force and gravity and their effects on everyday life. In groups, they test various balls by bouncing them on different surfaces and observe the properties. In another activity, they test marbles and...
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A Unified Theory of Forces

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Scientists have found that weak nuclear force can be unified with electromagnetism. The forces that initiated our universe are being investigated with a Large Hadron Collider, which Dr. Brian Cox visits and explains for the viewers. The...