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Ch 6: Physics for Elementary School

About This Chapter

The focus of this chapter is physics for the young learner. Fun and self-paced, the chapter's lessons on physics might give your elementary or middle school student the boost necessary to excel in the subject.

Physics for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

This chapter on physics can answer many of the questions your elementary or middle school pupil may have about some of the topics they've studied in the classroom. These lessons offer an in-depth but fun look at physics-related laws, facts and theories. The mysteries of electricity, magnetism, gravity and much more are explained.

Instructors narrate the lessons and provide expert assistance to students who submit their questions on physics. The lessons can be watched online before or after homework assignments have been completed. Short self-assessment quizzes complete the chapter's lessons. Students can print out the quizzes and utilize them for offline review.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
What is an Atom? - Lesson for Kids The parts of an atom are outlined.
What is Mass? - Lesson for Kids Mass is defined for the understanding of the elementary or middle school student.
Ions, Properties of Matter & States of Matter Lessons for Kids Students are provided with the definitions of these physics terms and their significance is explained.
Newton's Three Laws of Motion Lesson for Kids The scientific laws of Isaac Newton are outlined.
The Theory of Relativity Lesson for Kids This theory is explained.
Force & Motion, Gravity, Center of Gravity, & Examples of Gravity Lessons for Kids Students are taught to identify force and motion. Gravity is defined and examples provided.
Conservation of Mass, Inertia, Law of Reflection, Refraction & Reflection Lessons for Kids Definitions and examples of these terms and this law are provided in each of these lessons.
Why is the Sky Blue? - Lesson for Kids The reasons behind this phenomenon are explored.
Buoyancy, Viscosity, Capillary Action & Charles' Law Lessons for Kids Students will receive definitions of these terms and gain an understanding of Charles' law.
Coriolis Effect and Bose-Einstein Condensate Lessons for Kids The influence of the Coriolis effect is explained, and a Bose-Einstein Condensate is defined.
Ohm's Law & The Doppler Effect Lessons for Kids The history of Ohm's Law and the definition of the Doppler Effect are included in these lessons.
Transverse Waves, Gamma Rays & Echolocation Lessons for Kids Students learn about the origins of these waves and rays, and they can learn how echolocation works.
What is Electricity? & History of Electricity Lessons for Kids In this lesson, students discover the definition and origins of electricity.
Electric Current & Electromagnetic Spectrum Lessons for Kids These lessons look at the types of electric current, and they examine the characteristics of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Static Electricity & Electromagnets Lessons for Kids: Definition, Facts & Uses Students learn the meanings of these terms and explore various uses.
Magnetism Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts The elements of magnetism are discussed in this lesson.
Magnets Lesson for Kids: Uses & Types Pupils can learn about different kinds of magnets and discover what they're used for.
History of Magnets Lesson for Kids The origins of magnets are examined.
Stephen Hawking Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts Information on the life and works of Stephen Hawking is included in this lesson.

55 Lessons in Chapter 6: Physics for Elementary School
What is an Atom? - Lesson for Kids

1. What is an Atom? - Lesson for Kids

This lesson will introduce you to the atom, which is the smallest building block of everything in our universe. You will learn about the basic structure of atoms and how they form different substances.

What is Mass? - Lesson for Kids

2. What is Mass? - Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we will learn about mass. We'll explore how mass and weight are not the same thing and why it is important to understand the difference between the two, then you can test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Ions Lesson for Kids

3. Ions Lesson for Kids

In this science lesson, we will look at ions and understand how they are important to the world around us. Let's continue reading to learn more about ions.

Properties of Matter Lesson for Kids

4. Properties of Matter Lesson for Kids

Look around you. Everything you can see, touch or feel is made of matter, and matter has different properties. In this lesson, you will learn about matter as well as its physical and chemical properties.

Newton's Three Laws of Motion Lesson for Kids

5. Newton's Three Laws of Motion Lesson for Kids

Why do cars bounce backward when they crash into each other? Why does a skateboard move forward when you kick off the ground backward? In this lesson, we'll talk about how Newton's Laws of Motion explain how things move around us.

The Theory of Relativity Lesson for Kids

6. The Theory of Relativity Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you'll learn about Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, including general relativity and special relativity. Both ideas are very important for scientists who study outer space.

Force & Motion Lesson for Kids

7. Force & Motion Lesson for Kids

Do you like sports? Did you know that playing sports is all about forces and motion? In this lesson, you will find out what motion is, what force is, and how they relate to each other.

Gravity Lesson for Kids: Definition, Facts & Law

8. Gravity Lesson for Kids: Definition, Facts & Law

Gravity is what helps keep our feet grounded to the Earth and also causes us to fall! In this lesson, we'll learn what gravity is, how Earth's gravity works, and how gravity in the universe affects us and other objects in space.

Center of Gravity Lesson for Kids

9. Center of Gravity Lesson for Kids

Gravity is what keeps our feet on the ground. Our center of gravity keeps us, and other objects, from falling over. In this lesson, we will learn what the center of gravity is and why it is important.

Examples of Gravity: Lesson for Kids

10. Examples of Gravity: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we'll explore some examples of gravity on Earth as well as in outer space. Let's keep reading to learn more about gravity and its effects.

Conservation of Mass Lesson for Kids

11. Conservation of Mass Lesson for Kids

Everything that's anything is matter, and there is only one amount of matter in the universe. Conservation of mass means that atoms rearrange to make new substances, but they are the same atoms. Learn what that means for you in this lesson.

Entropy Lesson for Kids

12. Entropy Lesson for Kids

Entropy is an essential concept used in a field of science called thermodynamics. In this lesson, we'll learn more about thermodynamics, entropy, and the uses of this concept.

Law of Reflection Lesson for Kids

13. Law of Reflection Lesson for Kids

All energy can reflect and bounce, but on smooth surfaces, we can measure how the light will bounce. In this lesson, we will talk about reflection and how the law of reflection demonstrates the way that light will reflect.

Reflection & Refraction Lesson for Kids

14. Reflection & Refraction Lesson for Kids

Reflection and refraction are both important properties of light energy. When you look in the mirror you see a reflection of yourself. Using a magnifying glass to make smaller words appear larger is an example of refraction.

Why is the Sky Blue? - Lesson for Kids

15. Why is the Sky Blue? - Lesson for Kids

Why is the sky blue? It's not because a blue lava volcano erupted and painted the sky blue or because the sky ate a lot of blueberries. Come find out in this lesson on blue skies.

Buoyancy Lesson for Kids

16. Buoyancy Lesson for Kids

Have you ever wondered how battleships, also known as megaships, float on water? How can something that weighs 2,000 tons stay afloat! In this lesson find out what buoyancy is and what affects it.

Viscosity Lesson for Kids

17. Viscosity Lesson for Kids

Have you ever wondered why some liquids flow faster than others? In this lesson, we will learn about the property of viscosity, which explains why some liquids flow fast and others flow slowly. Then you can test your understanding with a short quiz.

Capillary Action Lesson for Kids

18. Capillary Action Lesson for Kids

Capillary action happens when a liquid, like water, moves up through a hollow tube or into a spongy, solid material. Come learn about capillary action, how it works, how it's helpful, and some other neat facts about this process.

Charles' Law Lesson for Kids

19. Charles' Law Lesson for Kids

Did you know that gases, like oxygen, nitrogen, helium, and others, are made of atoms and are matter, too? Well they are, and there are laws that can help us understand how these gases behave. This lesson is going to go over one of the laws, named Charles' Law.

Coriolis Effect Lesson for Kids

20. Coriolis Effect Lesson for Kids

The Coriolis effect is a force that affects the weather we see each and every day. It also affects how planes move from one location to another. Read on to explore the Coriolis effect and how it affects our lives.

Bose-Einstein Condensate Lesson for Kids

21. Bose-Einstein Condensate Lesson for Kids

What is very cold and called a super atom? It's Bose-Einstein condensate, which is a state of matter made in a scientist's laboratory. Read on to learn about the amazing properties of Bose-Einstein condensate, the fifth state of matter.

Ohm's Law Lesson for Kids: Definition & History

22. Ohm's Law Lesson for Kids: Definition & History

This lesson discusses the history and definition of Ohm's Law, which is used to figure out the three major parts of electricity: voltage, current, and resistance.

Doppler Effect Lesson for Kids

23. Doppler Effect Lesson for Kids

Because of the Doppler effect, noises sound different as you move toward or away from a noisy object. Learn why the Doppler effect happens in simple terms.

Transverse Waves Lesson for Kids

24. Transverse Waves Lesson for Kids

From a waving flag to ocean waves, waves are a form of moving energy. Both the flag and the ocean waters need the energy of the wind to make waves. What other kind of waves are there? Learn about transverse waves in this lesson.

Gamma Rays Lesson for Kids

25. Gamma Rays Lesson for Kids

Gamma rays may sound like something from a science fiction movie but they are actually a type of energy called electromagnetic radiation. There are seven different kinds of electromagnetic radiation, but gamma rays are unique and you will learn about their discovery, origins, and uses in this lesson.

Echolocation Lesson for Kids

26. Echolocation Lesson for Kids

Many animals in the wild are unable to rely only on their vision to move around and hunt. Discover the meaning of echolocation, and why animals use it to survive in nature.

What is Electricity? - Lesson for Kids

27. What is Electricity? - Lesson for Kids

Have you ever switched on your bedroom light and wondered what makes the bulb glow? The answer is electricity and it's all around us. It's even moving through us. In this lesson you will learn the basics of electricity.

Electric Current Lesson for Kids

28. Electric Current Lesson for Kids

Electricity is used in all aspects of your daily life from powering your iPads to your refrigerator. Have you ever actually wondered how electricity works? In order for electricity to happen, we must have electrical currents. Let's learn how electric currents travel through circuits and give us electricity.

Static Electricity Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

29. Static Electricity Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

In this lesson, you'll learn what is happening when you touch a doorknob and get shocked. You'll also learn how this is related to large, powerful bolts of lightning.

Electromagnetic Spectrum Lesson for Kids

30. Electromagnetic Spectrum Lesson for Kids

This lesson briefly describes the electromagnetic spectrum and each of the electromagnetic waves. It also teaches what wavelengths are, and gives some examples of where we find electromagnetic waves in our daily lives.

Electromagnets Lesson for Kids: Definition, Facts & Uses

31. Electromagnets Lesson for Kids: Definition, Facts & Uses

You have probably used a regular magnet many times before, but have you ever seen an electromagnet in action? Do you know what makes it work? In this lesson, discover the world of electromagnets.

History of Electricity Lesson for Kids

32. History of Electricity Lesson for Kids

This lesson will discuss the history of electricity. We'll talk about the important people in the history of electricity and the major discoveries they made in order to give us the electricity we have today.

Magnetism Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

33. Magnetism Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Magnetism is a physical property of matter and is also one of the basic forces of the universe. This lesson explores magnetism and magnets as well as the power of Earth's magnetic field.

Magnets Lesson for Kids: Uses & Types

34. Magnets Lesson for Kids: Uses & Types

Magnets are part of our everyday lives. They come in different forms and have different uses. In this lesson, you will learn about some different types of magnets as well as some of the uses for magnets.

History of Magnets Lesson for Kids

35. History of Magnets Lesson for Kids

Magnets have been around for a long time and have served a lot of purposes. Let's take a look at the fascinating history of magnets and electromagnetism.

Stephen Hawking Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

36. Stephen Hawking Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous scientists of the 21st century! His knowledge of science and mathematics earned him the nickname Einstein when he was in high school. Let's learn more about this amazing scientist.

Properties of Light: Lesson for Kids

37. Properties of Light: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you'll learn how light is created. You'll also learn about the different properties of light by exploring how it behaves with objects in different ways: by reflecting, absorbing, or transmitting.

How Does Light Travel? - Lesson for Kids

38. How Does Light Travel? - Lesson for Kids

Nothing that we know of travels faster than light. But how exactly does light move so quickly? Does it travel in waves like sound or in little particles? In this lesson, we'll investigate the scientific facts behind how light travels.

Light Energy Sources: Lesson for Kids

39. Light Energy Sources: Lesson for Kids

Light is something that we do not always pay attention to, but we sure miss it when it is absent. It keeps us warm and helps us see the world. This lesson will explore light as an important energy source.

Light Energy Examples: Lesson for Kids

40. Light Energy Examples: Lesson for Kids

Light energy is all around us. We use it to see, cook, and even change the channel on our TVs! In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of light energy.

Nuclear Energy Examples: Lesson for Kids

41. Nuclear Energy Examples: Lesson for Kids

Nuclear energy is a powerful type of energy that involves atoms. Continue reading to explore how powerful changes in atoms create nuclear energy, and learn about some interesting examples of nuclear energy that help you to survive.

Sound Energy: Lesson for Kids

42. Sound Energy: Lesson for Kids

Energy is all around us. We see it in light and feel it in heat, but what is it we hear? The answer is sound! Music, the mosquito buzzing in your ear, and the crack of the baseball bat are all examples of energy we can hear: sound.

Egg Drop Experiment Lesson Plan

43. Egg Drop Experiment Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help your students build an understanding of Newton's Law of Inertia before taking to the heights for an experiment. After reading an informational text to lay groundwork, students will complete vocabulary exercises and do a fun real-world problem-solving activity.

Inertia Lesson for Kids: Definition, Law & Examples

44. Inertia Lesson for Kids: Definition, Law & Examples

Have you ever heard the phrase, 'An object in motion will stay in motion'? This phrase refers to inertia, which we will define in this lesson. We'll explore the scientific law of inertia, and you can see some real-world examples.

States of Matter Lesson Plan

45. States of Matter Lesson Plan

Add some excitement to your instruction on the states of matter with the help of a Study.com text lesson and an interactive classroom activity. If you'd like to take this topic further, use the supplementary activities and related lessons.

States of Matter Lesson for Kids

46. States of Matter Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will learn about the three most common states of matter, including solids, liquids, and gases. By the end of this lesson, you will be able to identify and compare these states of matter.

Concave & Convex Lenses: Lesson for Kids

47. Concave & Convex Lenses: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will learn about both concave and convex lenses. We will explore how these types of lenses bend light to help people see things both near and far more clearly.

Bernoulli's Principle: Lesson for Kids

48. Bernoulli's Principle: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever wondered how birds fly or why airplane wings are made a certain shape? It can be explained by Bernoulli's principle, and in this lesson, you'll learn all about it!

How to Make a Catapult: Lesson for Kids

49. How to Make a Catapult: Lesson for Kids

Let's look at a quick and easy catapult activity. We'll use a small milk carton, a plastic spoon, one bag of mini-marshmallows, and rubber bands to engage in a high-flying, mini-marshmallow launching extravaganza.

Electromagnetism: Lesson for Kids

50. Electromagnetism: Lesson for Kids

Did you know that magnets produce a magnetic field? When you run an electrical current through this field you create an electromagnet. Why would you want to do this? What purpose would an electromagnet have? Read on to find out.

Pauli Exclusion Principle: Lesson for Kids

51. Pauli Exclusion Principle: Lesson for Kids

Wolfgang Pauli is an award-winning scientist who made important discoveries about atoms and electrons. In this lesson, you will learn about his Pauli Exclusion Principle, which is used to understand the electrons of atoms.

Magnetic Force Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

52. Magnetic Force Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, students will learn what causes a magnet to attract certain metals, and all about the forces that surround magnets and cause them to attract certain magnetic items.

Atomic Bomb Lesson for Kids: Facts & Definition

53. Atomic Bomb Lesson for Kids: Facts & Definition

Learn about atomic bombs, including what they are and how they can make such enormous explosions. This lesson also covers the different types of atomic bombs and how they work.

Nuclear Waste Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

54. Nuclear Waste Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Nuclear waste lasts a long time. In this lesson, discover how nuclear waste is created, how long nuclear waste lasts, and why storing it is a big problem.

Universal Gravity: Lesson for Kids

55. Universal Gravity: Lesson for Kids

Have you heard of Isaac Newton? Maybe you have heard the story about him seeing an apple fall and discovering the law of gravity. There's a lot more to the story than that! Read this lesson to find out about universal gravitation.

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