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Physical Science

  • Balancing Chemical Equations Having your students balance chemical equations aids their understanding of conservation of mass. In this activity, students build models to "see" what happens on both sides of the equation. View »
  • Teaching the Scientific Method with Effervescent Tablets In this activity, students learn the scientific method by practicing it. After a thorough introduction to the topic, students participate in an endothermic reaction experiment illustrating each step in the scientific method. View »
  • Red Cabbage Juice: A Homemade pH Indicator! In this activity, students make a pH indicator from red cabbage juice and then use it to test various substances. View »
  • Atomic Theory We've put together some creative activities for addressing atomic theory that can help you engage your students. Most are low or no cost and are varied enough to appeal to students with different learning styles. View »
  • Chalk It Up Use this activity to introduce your students to chromatography. View »
  • Can Crusher Amaze your students by crushing an aluminum beverage can without striking a single blow. During the demonstration, explain how air pressure crushes the can and discuss the use of terms associated with atmospheric pressure. View »
  • Single Function Signal Generator Want to avoid using expensive equipment to generate a variety of electrical waveforms for your students to analyze? Think flowers! But not just any flowers—think plastic, solar-powered, dancing flowers. View »
  • Ring and Disc Demonstration Gain a deeper understanding of the classic ring and disc physics demonstration designed to introduce the concepts of rotational inertia, rotational motion, and rolling motion. View »
  • How I Use the Magnetic Water Kit in My Classroom In this how-to article, a teacher shares her successes teaching topics like states of matter, hydrogen bonding, surface tension, solubility, and more using the Magnetic Water Kit molecular model. View »
  • The Science of Rainbows The spectrum of a rainbow helps students learn about light and waves properties View »
  • Chemistry Solutions Practice Problems Refresh your students' knowledge of molarity with these practice problems. View »
  • Imploding Soda Cans: An Inquiry Approach Your students have probably seen someone crush an empty beverage can with their bare hands, or have even crushed one themselves. But have they ever seen an open can seemingly crush itself, like magic, without the presence of a visible, physical force? View »
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