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5th grade

Structure & Properties of Matter
Reactions & Rates

States of Matter: Basics

Heat, cool and compress atoms and molecules and watch as they change between solid, liquid and gas phases in this very engaging simulation! Students visualize matter broken down into small particles and the conservation of that matter as they manipulate the atoms and molecules, change the environment, and test their phases.
Sugar and Salt Solutions

What is a Reaction?

This site has a selection of great videos for use in the classroom! Find out how to tell the difference between reversible and irreversible reactions through this series of engaging videos and interactive activities.

Acid-Base Solutions

How are Physical and Chemical changes Distinguished

Students actively participate in determining whether a physical change or a chemical change occurred in four different events. This informative site encourages students to collect data as they investigate before drawing conclusions.

Reactants, Products and Leftovers

Changing State of Water

Learn about the changing states of water as you experiment with different temperatures in this fun, interactive activity. What happens when water reaches 100 degrees? Does water or ice take up a larger volume? Give it a go and find out! Play around with ice, water and steam to find out what happens when you heat and cool them and enjoy all the other challenges in this cool science game for kids.
Reversible Reactions

States of Matter

In this interactive, adjust the temperature and pressure of three common substances and watch them morph into different states of matter. Along the way, you’ll see just how inextricably linked temperature and pressure are. The interactive guides students through with important information as they have great visual representation!
Nuclear Fission

Phase Changes

Explore the relationship between molecular motion, temperature, and phase changes. Compare the molecular structure of solids, liquids, and gases. Graph temperature changes as ice is melted and water is boiled. To utilize Gizmos, you can sign up for free or you can launch the Gizmo interactive for 5 minutes to preview it first.
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Why do objects like wood float in water? Does it depend on size? Create a custom object to explore the effects of mass and volume on density. Can you discover the relationship? Use the scale to measure the mass of an object, then hold the object under water to measure its volume. Can you identify all the mystery objects?
Default Virtual Lab Stockroom

Discover Forms of Energy

In this simulation, students must read the given instructions to locate items in a scene using the visible, ultraviolet, and infrared spectrum of light. Flash is required, sound is optional.

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  • Different kinds of matter exist and many of them can be either solid or liquid, depending on temperature. Matter can be described and classified by its observable properties. (2-PS1-1)
  • Different properties are suited to different purposes. (2-PS1-2),(2-PS1-3)
  • A great variety of objects can be built up from a small set of pieces. (2-PS1-3)

About NGSS

Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.”


Our team from Temple University has developed this resource for all K-12 students and teachers of science. These vetted learning tools align to the NGSS. Find one we should include? Just fill out the form.

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Many of these science resources require Java and Flash. Click below to download.

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