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Teaching Chemical & Physical Reactions

Whether your students know it or not, they encounter changes to their surroundings on a daily basis that are sometimes too subtle to be noticed. From ice melting to leaves changing colors on the trees, the changes that take place around us constitute a physical or chemical change and with this playlist, students will be able to spot the differences.  

Physical and Chemical Changes | Scholastic

What can smore’s tell us about physical and chemical changes? In this segment of Study Jams, students will gain an understanding of the differences between the two and them quiz themselves about changes in matter.

Substances and Chemical Reactions | PBS Learning Media

In this lesson, students will observe chemical reactions in which the effects are visible and compare them to physical reactions between 2 substances. Then they’ll put their new knowledge to the test by building film canister rockets.

Physical Versus Chemical Changes | Kiddom

Ensure that students know the distinction between a chemical and physical reaction. This worksheets contains an illustration that shows the differences, as well as an opportunity for students to identify examples of both types of reactions.

Tempest in a Teacup | PBS Learning Media

By experimenting with several different combinations of powders and liquids, students can make observations about which combinations produced a chemical reaction, documenting their findings in a graphic organizer.

Physical or Chemical Change? | Quia

This simple assessment asks for students to decide whether a given circumstance describes a physical or chemical change.

Identify Physical & Chemical Changes | iXL*

This assignment provides another opportunity to test your students’ knowledge.

Extension Activity: Toy Chemistry | PBS Learning Media

Your students have probably played with their fair share of slime, but do they realize that substance is the product of a chemical reaction? This activity walks students through the process of creating their own gooey polymers by mixing borax and glue.

Extension Activity: Light Stick Chemistry | Science-Class.net

This light stick experiment is another way to demonstrate a chemical reaction, with the addition of investigating the way in which temperature informs how matter reacts.

Eboni Hogan

Content Specialist

Eboni has extensive experience in curriculum development, with a focus on culturally-responsive and arts-based approaches. Having spent years creating academic content and providing professional development to teachers, she now curates themed playlists meant to provide educators with valuable, time-saving resources.

Science Standards

5-PS1-3.   Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties

5-PS1-4.   Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.

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