Ch 22: Elementary Science: Physical Science

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Refresh your understanding of elementary physical science topics with this collection of short lessons and quizzes. The chapter can function as an effective test preparation and professional development resource for current and prospective elementary science teachers.

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.

11 Lessons in Chapter 22: Elementary Science: Physical Science
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Teaching Physics & Chemistry Concepts in Early Childhood

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.

Comparing Heat & Temperature

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.

What are Sound Waves? - Definition, Types & Uses

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.

The Nature of Light: Origin, Spectrum & Color Frequency

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.

Electricity & Magnetism: Definition & Relationship

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.

Simple Machines: Lever, Inclined Plane & Pulley

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.

Newton's Laws of Force & Motion

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.

What are the Different Types of Energy?

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.

States of Matter and Chemical Versus Physical Changes to Matter

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.

States of Matter: Solids, Liquids, Gases & Plasma

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.

Physical Property of Matter: Definition & Examples

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.

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