About This Chapter
Elementary Science: Physical Science - Chapter Summary
Take a look at this chapter's engaging and informative lessons to get an overview of physical science concepts that are taught in elementary grade levels. Taught by expert science instructors, these lessons help you review topics that elementary science teachers must know, such as the nature of light, simple machines, matter, energy, motion and electricity. When you're finished with the chapter's lessons, you should be equipped to:
- Teach early childhood physics and chemistry concepts
- Compare temperature and heat
- Describe the uses of different types of sound waves
- Evaluate the origins, spectrum and color frequency of light
- Assess the relationship between electricity and magnetism
- Define Newton's laws of motion and force
- Distinguish between the different types of energy
- Analyze the different states and properties of matter
The lessons have interactive tags that allow you to jump to specific concepts in the videos. After each lesson, you'll be able to take a short quiz that reinforces important scientific terms and concepts. Take the chapter exam to master these topics, and feel free to submit questions to our instructors if you have any. Finally, you'll be able to keep track of your progress throughout the chapter from your dashboard.
1. Teaching Physics & Chemistry Concepts in Early Childhood
Science can be confusing, especially when teaching important physics and chemistry concepts to younger students. In this lesson, we discuss some concepts, strategies, and activities to help with this challenge.
2. Comparing Heat & Temperature
Heat and temperature aren't the same thing, contrary to everyday usage. Learn about the differences between the two concepts in science. Test your understanding with a quiz.
3. What are Sound Waves? - Definition, Types & Uses
This lesson will explain what sound waves are, discuss features of sound waves, and provide some examples and uses they have in everyday life. A short quiz will follow.
4. The Nature of Light: Origin, Spectrum & Color Frequency
This lesson introduces the basics of visible light and color. Learn how the visible light spectrum is divided into the six color ranges. We'll also discuss why different people name colors in different ways.
5. Electricity & Magnetism: Definition & Relationship
Electricity and magnetism are two things that seem different, but actually have a lot in common. In this lesson, we'll define each of them, and then explore how they are really part of the same fundamental force of nature.
6. Simple Machines: Lever, Inclined Plane & Pulley
Discover what a simple machine is and how it operates. Then learn about the mechanical advantages various simple machines such as levers, inclined planes and pulleys give us.
7. Newton's Laws of Force & Motion
Newton's laws of motion explain why we observe the motion we do in the world around us - they explain how forces work. In this lesson, we take a look at each of Newton's laws one by one.
8. What are the Different Types of Energy?
Energy is one of the most fundamental concepts in many scientific fields. Learn more about its different types, subsequently testing your knowledge with a quiz.
9. States of Matter and Chemical Versus Physical Changes to Matter
The world around us is constantly changing. Chemists put those changes into two main categories: physical changes and chemical changes. This lesson will define and provide examples of each.
10. States of Matter: Solids, Liquids, Gases & Plasma
Learn the four states of matter in the universe: solid, liquid, gas and plasma. Learn about the differences in shape and volume among the four states, which of the states is the most common and why plasma conducts electricity.
11. Physical Property of Matter: Definition & Examples
Every time you look at an object, you observe its properties. In this lesson, you will learn about the physical properties of matter so you can identify them in the future.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the Praxis Elementary Education - Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment (5017): Study Guide & Practice course
- Elementary ELA: Curriculum Concepts
- Elementary ELA: Reading Foundational Skills
- Elementary ELA: Reading Comprehension
- Elementary ELA: Text Analysis
- Elementary ELA: Resource Selection & Classroom Management
- Elementary ELA: Writing Skills
- Elementary ELA: Language Structure, Meaning & Figurative Interpretation
- Elementary ELA: Speaking & Listening Skills
- Elementary Math: Curriculum Concepts
- Elementary Math: Number Concepts & Operations
- Elementary Math: Rounding & Estimation
- Elementary Math: Decimals, Fractions & Percents
- Elementary Math: Proportional Relationships & Number Theory
- Elementary Math: Algebraic Concepts
- Elementary Math: Geometry Concepts
- Elementary Math: Measurement Concepts
- Elementary Math: Statistics, Data & Probability
- Elementary Science: Curriculum Concepts
- Elementary Science: Inquiry & Processes
- Elementary Science: Life Science & Ecology
- Elementary Science: Earth & Space Science
- Elementary Science: Health
- Elementary Social Studies: Curriculum Concepts
- Elementary Social Studies: Information Processing Skills
- Elementary Social Studies: Geography
- Elementary Social Studies: History
- Elementary Social Studies: Economics
- Elementary Social Studies: US Government
- Elementary Social Studies: Anthropology & Sociology
- Elementary Music Instruction
- Elementary Art Instruction
- Elementary Physical Education Instruction
- Elementary Education Assessments