My Observations: Physical or Chemical Change?

My Observations: Physical or Chemical Change?
My Observations: Physical or Chemical Change?
My Observations: Physical or Chemical Change?
My Observations: Physical or Chemical Change?
My Observations: Physical or Chemical Change?
My Observations: Physical or Chemical Change?
My Observations: Physical or Chemical Change?
My Observations: Physical or Chemical Change?
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This fun-filled, interactive activity will help students understand the difference between physical and chemical changes in matter. Your students will enjoy "playing scientists" as they make observations and think about the types of changes they observe in this activity. Students always enjoy this lesson, and teachers love the higher-order thinking and questioning that naturally occurs.

DURATION: This activity is a full lesson in itself, requiring approximately 35-45 minutes. It’s best used after students understand the 3 states of matter and have been introduced to the concept of physical and chemical changes. Because of the visual posters provided, this also works well as an introductory lesson.

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Instructions for Use:

1. Set up the room into five stations with one “change in matter" at each station as follows:
Station 1- sheets of notebook paper
Station 2- bowl of ice
Station 3- 1 uncooked egg and 1 cooked egg
Station 4- empty soda cans
Station 5- candle burning

*Note: You may also choose your own examples.*

2. Review the definitions of physical change and chemical change. Display vocab posters (included) at the front of room for student reference.

3. Pass out an observation log to each student. Divide students into five groups.

4. Give students 5 minutes at each station to observe the changes in matter and record observations. Rotate around the room until all students have been to each station.

5. Conduct a whole-class discussion based on student observations. Ask students to define physical and chemical changes in their own words on their observation log before submitting log for assessment.


Resource Includes:
* Lesson instructions
* My Observation Log for students ready-made with examples above
* My Observation Log for students blank for teacher's own examples
* Physical Changes definition display poster
* Physical Changes "what to look for" display poster
* Chemical Changes definition display poster
* Chemical Changes "what to look for" display poster


Happy Teaching!
Elise Tilson

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Total Pages
10 pages
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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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