Chemical Reactions: Chemical and Physical Changes

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Chemical or Physical Change

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A chemical change occurs when a substance or substances change to make a new substance or substances. Chemical change occurs through chemical reactions. Chemical reactions are normally not easily reversible because the atoms of a substance are rearranged. A physical change occurs when a substance or substances combine, but the result does not change the original substances. Some physical changes are easier to reverse than others, such as dissolving salt in water.

In this activity, students will create a T Chart that illustrates examples of chemical and physical changes. To extend this activity, ask students to describe what happens during the change and why it's an example of a physical or chemical change.

Chemical vs. Physical Changes

Examples of Chemical ChangeExamples of Physical Change
Cooking an EggMelting Ice
A Rusting NailA Bottle of Soda Freezing
Burning a MatchCrumpling Paper into a Ball
Milk Turning SourButter Melting on Toast

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Student Instructions

Identify and illustrate different types of chemical and physical changes.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Label the columns as "Examples of Chemical Change" and "Examples of Physical Change".
  3. Identify three examples of each and write the name in the title of the cell.
  4. Use a combination of scenes, character and props to illustrate your examples.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.
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