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Activity Overview

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
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

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.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Indicators of Chemical Change
Identify different indicators of chemical change and describe them using images and text.
33 Points
16 Points
0 Points
There are at least five cells giving a correct example of an indicator of chemical change.
There are at least three cells giving a correct example of an indicator of chemical change.
There are a least two cells giving a correct example of an indicator of chemical change.
The storyboard cell clearly illustrates indicator example.
The storyboard cell relates to the indicator example, but is difficult to understand.
The storyboard cell does not clearly relate to the indicator example.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

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