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Instructional Materials in Physics

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Physics. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Bubbles Theme Page

Electricity (Concepts) Theme Page

Electronics (Circuitry) Theme Page

Hot Air Balloons



Paper Airplanes


General Physics Resources

The WWW sites linked to from this page provide practical assistance for Physics teachers wanting to use the Internet as part of their classroom planning/instruction.

Aeronautics Related Activities, Experiments, and Lesson Plans
From Nasa - lesson plans that will help explain some of basic principles of aeronautics. See also their Aeronautics Classroom Activities

Applied Technology Projects
Lesson plans for over 20 projects for K-7 students in which students learn to apply science linked to BC Curriculum Guides. This site is part of a larger site (Mr. G's Applied Technology Site) that has been developed by Paul Grey of Coal Tyee Elementary School in Nanaimo, B.C.

AskERIC Lesson Plans - Science: Physical Science
Over 50 lesson plans organized alphabetically and covering various grade ranges in K-12.

Bizarre Stuff You Can Make In Your Kitchen
This site is an ever growing warehouse of the kinds of projects some of the more demented of us tried as young people, collecting in one place many of the classic, simple science projects that have become part of the collective lore of amateur science. It is a sort of warped semi-scientific cookbook of tricks, gimmicks, and pointless experimentation, concoctions, and devices, using, for the most part, things found around the house. These are the classics. Strange goo, radios made from rusty razor blades, crystal gardens... amateur mad scientist stuff. If you happen to learn something in the process, consider yourself a better person for it.

Encarta Lesson Collection: Physics
Select "Science" and then "Physics" on their Lesson Collection Page to find over 50 lesson plans in this subject. See also their selection of Physical Science lessons.

Energy and Power Technology Learning Activities
Mankato State University provides 19 teaching/learning activities for teachers to use with secondary students in the broad field of Energy and Power. The site is somewhat difficult to use since there are no thumbnail descriptions of the 19 activities - you'll have to go into each to determine if it's useful to you.

Fizzix Demo Page
This site provides cheap and/or no cost approach to presenting physics demonstrations. Ideas are organized into headings of: Density, Force Motion, Waves and Such, Electricity & Magnetism, Optics, and Miscellaneous.

Grade 12 Provincial Examinations
Full information on the BC Grade 12 provincial examinations, including exam timetables, exam results, holistic scoring guides, reports to schools and general information. Select "Examinations and Keys (Grade 12 Provincial)" to download previous exams.

Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs)
These Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) provide some of the basic information that teachers will require to implement the BC Ministry of Education Science curricula in K-12.

Integrating Mathematics, Science and Language
A series of multidisciplinary units (math, science, language arts) for K-3 students from SEDL. Included in each unit is an overview and background information for the teacher, lessons, and links to associated web sites. Units include: K (Five Senses, Spiders, Dinosaurs); Grade 1 (Plants and Seeds, The Human Body, Good Health); Grade 2 (Oceans, Weather, Sun and Stars); Grade 3 (Matter, Sound, Simple Machines).

Little Shop of Physics
There are three resources at this Colorado State University site that may be useful to teachers. The section on "Online Experiments" has dozens of experiments organized into three types: using common household items, using your computer, and using the Shockwave plug-in. There are also a few other activities in the section on "Ideas for Teachers" and a number of "Brainteasers" that you could pose to your students.

Marbelous Rolls
Middle grade students learn about acceleration and deceleration as well as median, mean, and range in this marble rolling activity. Two worksheets are included.

New York Times Learning Network
There are a variety of Physics lesson plans within this science page for students in grades 6-12. Each uses a New York Times article as a starting point.

Physical Science
About 20 brief lesson plans in physical science for elementary level students from CanTeach.

Physical Science Activity Manual
This Manual contains 34 hands-on Chemistry & Physics activities that can be downloaded in either MAC (MS WORD) or Windows (Wordperfect) versions. The manual is neither a lab manual nor a series of lesson plans. Rather, it provides the teacher with background information and a collection of student-centered activities which s/he can adapt to local conditions.

Physical Science Lessons
Over 200 lessons plans, organized by grade level, from the Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition.

Physics at Shiloh High
Daily lesson plans, class notes, exams, assignments, and handouts for a high school physics class.

[The] Physics Classroom
In addition to a comprehensive collection of tutorials, sets of resources that support teaching high school physics concepts can be accessed directly by type, for example: GIF animations and QuickTime movies, problem sets, quizzes, student activities, lab sheets, and projects.

Physics Resources
Physics teachers can access a few laboratory investigations.

Project PHYSLab
Project PHYSLab has a collection of high school physics labs developed by participants in an annual, three week workshop. Categories of labs include: Mechanics, Optics, Electricity & Magnetism, Heat & Thermodynamics, Light, Nuclear Physics, or Electronics (although these categories may vary from year to year). This link is to the home page of the project. From there, enter "Labs Available Online" to find the labs. Since each of these is done by a different teacher, the quality of the lab and the detail associated with it will vary.

Project Primary
Professors and primary teachers have collaborated to produce a set of hands-on activities for the teaching of science organized under the headings of botony, chemisty, geology, physics, and zoology. This link is to five physics activities appropriate for K-3.

Properties of Matter
Using picture/graphical resources on the Internet as starting points, primary students develop a better understanding of the three forms of matter in this lesson plan.

Quantum Cat Lesson Links
Physical Science lessons for K-8 students.

Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab
A wide selection of graded (easy, intermediate, advanced) science experiments suitable for the home or classroom. You can link to a sampling from the right side of this home page but be sure to look at the left side panel as well. The button labelled "experiments" will lead you to more than 30 experiements sortable by subject or difficulty level. Also, the home page's left side panel has direct links to about 10 other experiments.

Science Toys You Can Make With Your Kids
An online book that describes in simple terms how to make as variety of toys that teach science. In addition, the author (Simon Field) explains the science behind the toy, starting with simple concepts, and building to a college level. These would be suitable for classroom projects in physics. Included are toys that use scientific concepts in magnetism, electromagnetism, electrochemistry, radio, thermodynamics, aerodynamics, and light and optics.

Science Lab
Here's a collection of science experiments that explore various physics concepts within the oil industry. Experiments have a teacher's guide and can be related to informational articles within the site's "Science Watch." Experiments cover electricity, viscosity, thixotropy, buoyancy, energy, and rock absorbancy.

Simple But Significant Science Using Everyday Materials
Brief descriptions of 12 demonstrations that high school physics teachers could conduct.

Smile Program Physics Index
Teachers participating in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement) summer session programs each create a single concept lesson plan. This database has close to 200 lesson plans organized under the following headings: Electricity & Magnetism; Fluids; Matter; Mechanics; Miscellaneous; and, Waves, Sound and Optics. Caution: Since there is a wide number of authors who have contributed to the database, the detail and quality of the lesson plans will vary.

Snacks by Subject
The Exploratorium offers student activities/experiments in a number of physics topics including electricity, light, mechanics, sound, waves...

T.O.Y.S. to Teach Physics
This site is a collection of demonstrations and lab activities contributed by physics teachers. The acronym "T.O.Y.S." stands for "Teach Our Youth Science" and the intent of the site is to share ideas in which toys are used to teach physics concepts.

Virtual Labs and Simulations
Here's a collection of links to sites on the web that have computerized simulations of physics principles that allow students to see a visual demonstration of a scientific concept, often in animated form. In addition, the student may be given the opportunity to manipulate one or more variables underlying the concept and then witness the changes. There are close to 300 labs/simulations in senior high physics. Category headings include: Mechanics, Momentum, Rotational Mechanics, Machines, Measurement Tools, Fluid Physics, Electricity, Thermodynamics, Simple Harmonic Motion, Wave Phenomena, Light, Color, Geometric Optics, Astrophysics, and Nuclear.

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