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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Chemistry Simulations from PhET

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed Standards
Bring your science classroom into the 21st century with this collection of digital simulations. From an introduction to the states of matter to balancing chemical equations and investigating radioactive decay, these engaging interactives...
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Physical Science Final Exam Review Packet

For Students 8th - 12th
If you need a way to assess the concepts in your physical science class, use an extended set of worksheets as a midterm or final exam. It includes questions about density, physical and chemical matter, speed and velocity, weight and...
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Physical Science: The Three Billy Goats Gruff

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Explore science through problem solving and learning how to solve the problem of the story "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." Young investigators will learn how to construct a model and design a solution. They will also keep records of their...
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6th Grade Physical Science Thermal Energy:So hot in here!

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders discover heat is conducted in a variety of ways. In this physical science instructional activity, 6th graders investigate various conductors of heat, they explain their findings, and discover how energy is exchanged between...
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Architecture on Ice: The Challenge of Building on Permafrost

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students identify the problems associated with building a structure on permafrost. In this physical science lesson, students investigate how heat and pressure affect the rate of ice melting. They read an article about traditional housing...
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Physical Science Review Questions

For Students 7th - 9th
Prepare your class for a quiz with these physical science review questions. Learners respond to 7 questions about ionic and covalent bonds, oxidation states, and chemical and physical changes. In addition, they name compounds and balance...
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Simple Machines Project

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
The choice is simple: create a PowerPoint presentation, write a book, or invent a compound machine. Whichever project your young scientists choose, they will be engaged in creatively demonstrating their knowledge of simple machines and...
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Science Puzzlers, Twisters & Teasers: The World of Physical Science

For Students 5th - 8th
Challenge your class with these physical science puzzlers, twisters, and teasers. Each individual responds to a series of riddle-style questions that are related to scientific terminology. While this has little educational value, it...
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The BEAM Project: Building Efficient Architectural Models

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Technology or engineering teams are given a task to design, construct, and test the efficiency of a structure that will foster an even temperature throughout an entire sunny day. Intended as a long-term project, pupils research, plan,...
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Investigation: Gas Laws in Action - Propane

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Using helium as an example of propane, physical science middle schoolers experiment with and graph the relationship between temperature and volume in gases. In a whole-class demonstration, they show how molecules behave under different...
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A Blanket of Snow

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students study the factors affecting permafrost temperature and condition. In this physical science lesson, students observe local places with snow cover and collect temperature data. They create a short video about permafrost.
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Investigating Pressure

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Play "Would You Rather" with your physical science class as an anticipatory set. Each game question is related to the pressure put on an area of the body. Let this activate a discussion on forces, pressure, and area. Give your class...
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Investigation: Kinetic and Potential Energy

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
A well-developed lab sheet guides physical science learners through an investigation of kinetic and potential energy. In small groups, collaborators discover whether or not the ramp height or mass of an object has an effect on the...
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Investigation: Heat it Up!

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
This demonstration of solar ponds can be used in an earth, environmental, or physical science setting. Lab groups set up a solar pond and model how it is able, due to a salt concentration gradient, to maintain heat for future use. 
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Physical Science: Festival of Bubbles

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Investigate bubbles through the use of scientific inquiry. Pupils blow bubbles using several methods and measure the resulting bubble print. Measurements are recorded on a data table and transferred to a bar graph. Results are discussed...
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Physical Science- Sink or Float?

For Teachers K - 2nd
Learners investigate which objects sink and which ones float. Learners engage in an experiment, make predictions, and record results on a graphic organizer. This is a comprehensive and easy to follow resource.
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Simple Machines Design Project

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Make your work as a teacher a little easier with a physical science project on simple machines. After introducing young scientists to these devices and identifying their different uses around the school, this project engages children in...
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Investigating the Change

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Sugar crystal growth is observed as an example of physical change and cabbage juice pH indicator is used to demonstrate chemical change. The crystal growth is tracked over five days. The cabbage juice experiment is involved and can also...
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Physical Science/Magnets

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders study physics through the investigation of magnets. In this physical science lesson, 2nd graders watch a PowerPoint about magnetism and complete a magnet experiment. Students review terms associated with magnets and...
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Action at a Distance Lab

For Teachers 4th - 8th
The concepts involved with static electricity are typically taught in upper elementary physical science units. The lab described in this resource has pupils examine the behavior of small pieces of paper and a balloon when a charged piece...
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Determination of Density Lab

For Students Pre-K - Higher Ed
In this physical science instructional activity, students read the in depth explanation of mass, volume, and density. Then they conduct the experiments with liquids and solids recording the results on page 2.
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Simple Machines Make Things Go

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Trying to plan a physical science unit on forces and motion? Make your work a little easier with this comprehensive collection of simple machines resources. Offering a wide variety worksheets, activities, and projects, these materials...
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Mysterious M&M's

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
The first in a six-lesson mini unit, all using M&Ms® candies, this physical science activity gets kids to observe a single piece and discover what happens when it is placed in a plate of water. The activity can be used to introduce...
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Descartes' Diver

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Pique interest in water pressure, demonstrate buoyancy, and explore water displacement concepts with a homemade Cartesian diver. You may want to change the name of the toy, however, as is is not documented the Rene Descartes actually...