Hands On Chemistry & Physics Experiment Packets

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4th - 7th, Homeschool
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Hands On Chemistry & Physics Experiment Packets

Are you looking for hands on experiments and learning activities made to engage upper elementary and early middle grade students? Do you desire to reinforce science vocabulary as part of your students' experiments? Do you want to encourage independence with step by step written experiment instructions?

This resource contains all of that and more! Packed with over 90 activities within 14 experiment packets, your students can explore the following science topics...

(Please note: Let's Explore Matter contains the following 2 states and physical properties of matter packets from this resource.)

States of Matter

  1. States of Matter Tab Booklet
  2. States of Matter Sort
  3. Identifying the States of Matter
  4. Root Beer Float
  5. Changing States of Matter Skinny Booklet
  6. Water Cycle in a Jar
  7. The Water Cycle Foldable Sheet

Physical Properties of Matter

  1. How Can We Tell? (Observable vs Measurable Properties)
  2. My Mystery Matter Bag
  3. The Crow & the Pitcher Challenge
  4. Can You Make Clay Float?
  5. Coke Float
  6. Lively Lava Lamps
  7. Don’t Be Fooled!

An Introduction to Atoms and Elements

  1. Atoms & Elements Atomic Model
  2. Build an Atomic Model of an Element
  3. Periodic Table
  4. Combining Atoms

Physical & Chemical Changes (including Polymers and Acids & Bases)

  1. Edible Polymer
  2. Acid or Base?
  3. Physical & Chemical Changes Cut and Paste
  4. Physical & Chemical Change Experiments – What type of change is it?
  5. Physical vs Chemical Change Sort

Amazing Mixtures

  1. Cookies (introduction to mixtures)
  2. Trail Mix (heterogeneous mixture)
  3. Lemonade (homogeneous mixture – solution; diluted vs concentrated solution)
  4. Amazing Mixtures (helpful definitions)
  5. What Kind of Mixture? Experiment & Find Out
  6. What Kind of Mixture? Sort It Out
  7. Let’s Try to Separate Mixtures

Three Laws of Motion

  1. Law 1: Inertia Towers
  2. Law 2: Accelerating Pom-Poms
  3. Law 2: Cars
  4. Law 3: Balloon Races

Exploring Friction

  1. Friction on the Track (Surface Friction)
  2. Jiggly Jello (Decreasing Friction)
  3. Falling Parachutes (Exploring Air Friction)

(Please note: Energy Explorations contains the 5 energy packets from this resource.)


  1. Kinds of Energy (Potential and Kinetic Energy Sort)
  2. Exploding Watermelon Challenge (Potential and Kinetic Energy)
  3. Marble Run Challenge (Gravitational Energy)
  4. Fossil Fuels (The Formation of Fossil Fuel)
  5. Oil Spill Challenge
  6. Water Wheel Challenge (Exploring renewable Energy)

Sound Energy

  1. Seeing Sound (Sound Waves)
  2. How Well Can You Hear That Sound? (Conductors of Sound)
  3. It’s All in the Wave (Amplitude & Frequency)

Light Energy

  1. Let the Light Through! (Opaque, Transparent, and Translucent Objects)
  2. Casting a Shadow
  3. My Shadow
  4. Bouncing & Bending Light (Reflection & Refraction)

Thermal Energy

  1. Getting Hotter! (Heat Sources & Heat Sink)
  2. Thermal Energy Hot Cocoa (Radiation, Convection, & Conduction)
  3. Radiating Heat (Absorbing Heat from the Sun)
  4. Rising & Falling Air (Convection of Air)
  5. Heat Moves (Conduction of Heat)
  6. Keep the Heat In (Finding the Best Insulators)
  7. Measuring the Heat (Building & Testing a Thermometer)

Electrical Energy

  1. Put It Together (Creating a Simple Circuit)
  2. Flowing Current (Conductors of Electricity)
  3. An Electric Solution (Ionic Solutions)
  4. Let’s Switch it Up (Adding a Switch)
  5. A Series of Tests (Constructing a Series Circuit)
  6. Diagram of a Series Circuit
  7. Working in Parallel (Constructing a Parallel Circuit)
  8. Diagram of a Parallel Circuit
  9. Series or Parallel Circuit


  1. How Magnets React (The Poles of a Magnet)
  2. A Show of Lines (Exploring Magnetic Fields)
  3. Letting Magnets Work for You (Making a Magnet Car)
  4. What’s the Attraction? (Properties of Magnetic Items)
  5. Magnetic Moments (Creating a Magnet)
  6. Always Look North (Making a Compass)
  7. Electricity and Magnets (Building an Electromagnet)

Simple Machines

  1. Work Takes Effort! (Introducing Simple Machines)
  2. Moving Up (Inclined Planes)
  3. Twisting Planes (Screws)
  4. Widening the Gap (Wedges)
  5. Lift That Load (1st Class Levers)
  6. Switching Up the Lever (1st Class Levers)
  7. Three Types of Levers (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Class Levers)
  8. Pulling Up (Single-Pulley Systems)
  9. Balloon Cars (Wheels & Axles)
  10. Simple Machines Layer Booklet
Total Pages
160 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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