Laney Lee

Physical vs. Chemical Changes Webquest



Are you looking for an engaging extension activity to enhance your chemistry unit? Do you want an activity that allows students to explore physical & chemical changes while requiring minimal teacher assistance? Look no further! In this physical vs. chemical changes webquest, students will embark on a virtual journey as they explore signs that a reaction has occured and common elements and compounds. Through a series of interactive websites, students will gain a deeper understanding of the processes of change.


This webquest is designed to be self-guided, allowing students to work independently or in small groups. It offers a flexible learning experience, catering to different learning styles and piquing students’ curiosity through interactive elements.


Throughout the webquest, students will complete various activities and challenges that encourage critical thinking and problem-solving. They will engage with primary sources, scientific experiments, and virtual simulations to investigate physical and chemical changes, elements compounds, and mixtures, and signs that a reaction has taken place.


By the end of this webquest, students will develop valuable research skillsdigital literacy, and an understanding of photosynthesis and respiration!


Topics Covered in this physical vs. chemical changes resource:

  • physical & chemical changes
  • signs that a chemical reaction has taken place
  • elements, compounds, mixtures


Who is this resource for?

This resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-9. It comprehensively covers the topics mentioned, and provides opportunities for student responses which can be implemented in a whole group lesson or assigned for homework.


Note: This activity requires internet connection.


How Can I Use this Resource?

  • Emergency Sub Plans
  • An independent work station in a set of stations
  • Flipped Classroom pre-reading
  • Whole or small group opportunity to model and teach Close Reading strategies and annotation
  • Differentiation – Assign this webquest as reteaching for students who have yet to show mastery.
  • Homework
  • Creation of Independent Work Packet for students who are not able to be present for direct instruction.
  • Extension activity for early finishers or for students who show a special interest in the topic
  • Use as a square on a Choice Board
  • Interactive Notebooks: Print 2 pages in one and cut apart. Glue mini pages into notebooks with room for annotations on the side
  • Interactive Notebooks: Print entire PDF as a mini booklet and add to notebooks using these simple instructions.


What’s Included?

Purchase includes a printable PDF file in color. On page 2 of this resource you will find a link to a student friendly Google Docs version of this file. You will be able to copy this file and use it with Google Classroom or any other paperless initiative.


Please take a look at the preview file to see more of this resource.

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