Roller Coasters Preview

The best science lessons are those that are a win/win for students and teachers, and this is one of them. Students win because they get to have fun designing a 15 foot-long roller coaster track that a marble rolls on. And you win because your students are doing a complete STEM project. And since 90% of the instruction in this lesson won’t come directly from you, it’s also inquiry-based.

As presented, this is a 3-day lesson:

  • Day 1 begins with a short intro., then students spend the rest of the period building their track.
  • On day 2 they finish building and start graphing their coaster.
  • On day 3 we’ll apply formulas and principles of speed, velocity, and energy.

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Testing Physical And Chemical Properties- Physical Science Lessons Preview

This lesson came about because I realized my students would have a far better understanding of what physical and chemical properties were if we did more than just talk, but actually measured these properties substances.

In this lab students perform a variety of physical and chemical tests on 4 unknown powders (salt, sugar, chalk, and baking soda). We’ll never reveal what the powders are because their identity isn’t the point of the lab; it’s kept from them so they’ll pay more attention to the behaviors of the powders.

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Physical And Chemical Properties graphic organizer- Physical Science Lessons Preview

A very handy graphic organizer that will walk your students through exactly what physical properties and chemical properties are, complete with illustrations and lots of examples.

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Boiled Ice-physical-science-lessons-preview/

You’ve probably seen that graph that shows what happens when frozen water is heated and changes state until it’s a gas (http://www.kentchemistry.com/links/Matter/HeatingCurve.htm). If so, you may have thought something like “Wow, this is beautiful, but there’s a LOT more info here that I can understand.”

In this lab, we’ll actually take class time (3 days), give students ice that they heat until it melts into a liquid and then later becomes a gas, while they take temperature readings every 2 minutes. Then they’ll graph their results, and what they’ll see is that beautiful graph that they completely understand.

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Light Bulb Dissection-showing 3 methods of heat transfer- Physical Science Lessons Preview

Turns out those old incandescent light bulbs are good for something- clearly demonstrating all 3 methods of heat transfer- radiation, conduction, and convection. In this lesson, students will draw a bulb, then annotate it to describe what’s going on.

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Renewable Energy graphic organizer- Physical Science Lessons Preview

Wouldn’t it be great if your students could create a little 2-pocket booklet containing little cards that summarize the 9 main types of energy- 5 Renewable (like solar, wind, hydro) and 4 Nonrewable (like coal, natural gas, and petroleum)? Well, here it is.

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Waves Simple Concept Map- Physical Science Lessons Preview

If you’re getting ready to teach waves to your students, you’ll need something to help them sort out all the confusing terms.  That’s what this graphic organizer was designed to do.  It’s a SIMPLE introduction to waves; something you can use to make sure that, before going any further, students have been properly introduced to wave basics (why go any further if they don’t know the fundamentals?), and how the key terms (mechanical wave, electromagnetic waves, longitudinal wave, transverse wave, radio wave, microwave, infrared radiation, visible light, ultraviolet light, x-rays, gamma rays) are related.

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States of Matter Venn Diagram- Physical Science Lessons Preview

Summarize what solids, liquids, and gases have in common, as well as their unique properties, all in one handy, colorful graphic organizer.

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Matter Flowchart- Physical Science Lessons Preview

Who doesn’t get at least a little crossed up when discussing matter, mixtures, suspensions, elements, compounds, and solutions? After filling in this matter flowchart, students will be able to finally see what’s what, and how it relate to everything else.

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Energy-Kinetic, Potential, Mechanical- Physical Science Lessons Preview

Use this graphic organizer to end all confusion about what kinetic energy, potential energy, and mechanical energy are. Set up so students complete a definition, characteristics, and examples of each.

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