Physical and Chemical Changes Card Sorting Activity

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Elly Thorsen
Grade Levels
5th - 9th, Homeschool
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14 pages
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I put this together to use during morning tutorials. The students like doing something different and visual.
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This activity has students sort examples into groups of physical and chemical changes. Kinesthetic learners, SPED students, and ELL students especially benefit from this sorting activity because they physically group the examples, which have both words and pictures. After students sort the pictures they record their answers on the worksheet and answer questions about physical and chemical changes in sentences. The students can work individually or in small groups to complete this activity.

This resource includes the following pieces:

-Teacher Information page

-2 category cards (Physical Change and Chemical Change)

-2 definition cards

-8 physical change cards with pictures

-8 chemical change cards with pictures

-Student Activity Sheet

-Teacher Key

-Detailed Answer Explanation Sheet

-3 photos to clarify activity directions

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What teachers are saying about this resource:

“This was a great activity for all ability levels to complete together. It was even challenging for the advanced students. Awesome work!”

“Love your card sorts! So well-done, and such a good resource for extra practice and student self-assessment!”

“This resource lead to wonderful class discussion”

"LOVED LOVED LOVED this sorting activity. I really feel like the students got a deeper understanding of the information."

“I really enjoyed the additional worksheet to hold the students accountable for the work they are supposed to be doing with the card sort.”

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Total Pages
14 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. Examples of reactions could include burning sugar or steel wool, fat reacting with sodium hydroxide, and mixing zinc with hydrogen chloride. Assessment is limited to analysis of the following properties: density, melting point, boiling point, solubility, flammability, and odor.


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