Chemical Reaction with Pennies 5-PS1-1, 5-PS1-4 and MS-PS1-2

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Learning Objective

Students will learn about chemical reactions through three hands-on experiments.


Chemical Reactions with Pennies: Chemical reactions are fun to study! These three labs using pennies for chemical reactions demonstrate a lot of science concepts. An easy and exciting set of experiments that demonstrate chemical reactions and other science concepts! This resource includes three hands-on lessons aligned with NGSS for 5th grade and Middle School Chemistry. The three lessons use easy-to-find materials such as pennies and vinegar.

The resource includes:

  • nonfiction passages
  • includes flaps and folds for interactive notebooks
  • response pages with text-dependent questions
  • This unit starts with phenomena to engage the students.
  • labs with pennies and lab pages

See more information on chemistry with pennies.

Lesson 1: Turning a Penny Greenish-Blue (oxidation)

Lesson 2: Cleaning a Tarnished Penny (chemical reaction)

Lesson 3: Turning a Nail Copper Colored (includes information on atoms and negative and positive charged particles)

The following NGSS are addressed:

5-PS1-1. Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.

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


Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. 

Also aligns with Utah SEEd 5.2.3

Plan and carry out an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results (cause and effect) in new substances.

And Utah SEEd Standard 6.2.1 Develop models to show that molecules are made of different kinds, proportions, and quantities of atoms. Emphasize understanding that there are

differences between atoms and molecules and that certain combination

of atoms form specific molecules.

This resource is also aligned with Utah Core 5th Grade Science Standard 1

Students will understand that chemical and physical changes occur in matter.

Crosscutting Concepts:

Cause and Effect

Scale, proportion and quantify

Science and Engineering Practices:

Planning and Carrying Out an Investigation

Analyzing and Interpreting data

Constructing explanations

Communicating information

Science Concepts Include:


Copper Carbonate

Chemical Reaction




Negative and positive chargers

Copper ions

Reading Skills Addressed Include:

Quoting text and explaining the meaning



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Total Pages
32 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed. Emphasis is on qualitative molecular-level models of solids, liquids, and gases to show that adding or removing thermal energy increases or decreases kinetic energy of the particles until a change of state occurs. Examples of models could include drawings and diagrams. Examples of particles could include molecules or inert atoms. Examples of pure substances could include water, carbon dioxide, and helium.
Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. Examples of evidence could include adding air to expand a basketball, compressing air in a syringe, dissolving sugar in water, and evaporating salt water. Assessment does not include the atomic-scale mechanism of evaporation and condensation or defining the unseen particles.


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