Physical and Chemical Change Sort


Physical and Chemical Change Sort

Name _____________________________________ Date ____________________________

Sort the pictures and descriptions of things that are physical changes and things that are chemical reactions. Place them on the organizer, then write the number of each card on your paper. Scramble the cards for the next person.

__________Physical Changes______________________________Chemical Reactions______

Physical change numbers:

___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

Chemical reaction numbers:

___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___



4. Substances bubble


A liquid is mixed with a solid.

The product becomes hot.


Torn Paper


When sugar and punch mix are mixed into water, they seems to disappear, but they can still be tasted.


A metal chain has reddish brown spots on it after sitting outside for several days.

6. Campfire


A puddle of water on the playground evaporates.

8. Popsicle melting

11. Mixing liquids

9. Cut grass

12. Frying eggs


1. chemical change

2. physical change

3. chemical change (oxidation)

4. probably chemical change, but may be physical (soda gives off bubbles when poured as CO

2 comes out of solution.)

5. physical change (solution)

6. chemical change (Where does the mass of the wood go?)

7. chemical change (exothermic)

8. physical change (state of matter changes)

9. physical change

10. physical change (state of matter changes)

11. physical change (What would we expect when mixing yellow and blue?)

12. chemical change (There’s some controversy over this one. See:

for more on this)