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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The effectiveness of Antacids

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students design and conduct a scientific experiment to test which of four antacids would be most effective for neutralizing acids. They rank the antacids in order from most effective to least effective and explain how they determined...
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Ammonium Nitrate - Efficient Fertilizers

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students study the chemistry of ammonium nitrate and consider the advantages and disadvantages of this compound. They compare different fertilizers and calculate the molar mass and percent nitrogen in the different fertilizers.
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Ohm's Law

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners explore Ohm's Law. Following given instructions, students build a physical model of a conductor. They observe a relationship between the current, voltage and resistance in a conductor. After experiments, learners explain the...
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Projectile Motion II

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore projectile motion and kinematics in two dimensions. They determine, using an adjustable projectile launcher, what angle makes a projectile go the highest.
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Visual Models of Solutions and Concentrations

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students model solutions with beakers of colored glass or plastic spheres. In this solutions lesson, students use beakers of colored spheres to represent pure substances. They mix the spheres to demosntrate solutions. They discuss...
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How Much Energy is a Kilowatt Hour?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners study the conservation of energy.  In this energy instructional activity students explain the differences between potential and kinetic energy.
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Getting the Oil Out

For Teachers K - 6th
Students discover ways of obtaining oil by participating in an experiment.  In this natural resource lesson, students identify diagrams of oil derricks and pumps in order to visualize how oil is retrieved from the earth.  Students...
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ChromaCool!

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders watch a video about physical and chemical changes. In groups, they participate in a variety of activities involving color. They write their observations in a journal. To end the lesson, they use a checklist to classify...
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Nothing New? A Physical Change

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders discuss the differences between chemical and physical changes. In groups, they complete experiments and discover how a physical chnage can be reversed. To end the lesson, they review the steps of the water cycle and...
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Heat And Heat Transfer

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students role play molecules in a container as the container is heated to develop a definition of heat and temperature. They also observe demonstrations of conduction, convection, radiation, and phase transfer. Using these observations...
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Electromagnets: Winding Things Up!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore solenoids and electromagnets. After building an electromagnet, students use a TI Graphing calculator, a CBL 2 interface and a magnetic field sensor to measure the strength of a magnetic field. They create a graph...
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What Does It Matter?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners define matter, the chemical properties of matter, and the physical properties of matter. They name physical and chemical properties of matter (by classifying using a Tree Map). Students determine the mass, volume, and density of...
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Historical Development of a Scientific Idea

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine how scientist's contribute to atomic theory.  In this development of a scientific idea instructional activity students work in groups and research the development of the atomic model. 
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Understanding the Indoor Environment

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students create and deliver speeches about why their school should have an Indoor Air Quality team. In this speeches lesson plan, students make presentations to school board members about having an IAQ team.
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Race the Track! Jump the Gap

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students record data of using a track system with variables and how those variables affect a ball used in the track. In this track lesson plan, students design their own track in groups, test the ball's rates of speed, and record their...
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Third Time's A Charm

For Teachers 1st
First graders explore the scientific method. Given the opportunity to perform several hands-on experiments, learners follow directions to practice the methods of the scientific inquiry. They predict the outcome of each experiment and...