Reversible and irreversible change

Reversible and irreversible change
Publication Date: October, 2014
Type of Resource: Interactive/Simulation

This resource allows students to explore the concepts of reversible and irreversible change by carrying out tests on simulated substances.

Students can also test what happens to these same substances when water is added or heat is added or removed.

They can make predictions about what will happen, change the variables (substance and temperature), determine if changes are reversible or irreversible and then do a self-evaluative quiz to determine their understanding. 

Additional Information

This online resource requires Adobe's Flash technology and therefore won't work on the Apple iPad, which doesn't support that technology.

This resource would suit an introductory lesson on reversible or irreversible change. This resource would support the implementation of a unit of work on reversible and irreversible change such as the Australian Academy of Science unit—Primary Connections—Change detectives.

There is no requirement to log in or register to access this resource. Interactives are freely available for public/student and teacher use.  The hyperlink to this resource goes directly to the BBC website. This resource is also available through the Scootle database—search for [TLF ID M012208].

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 6 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations... > ACSIS110
  • Year 6 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations > ACSIS221
  • Year 6 > Science Inquiry Skills > Questioning and Predicting > With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific... > ACSIS232
  • Year 6 > Science Understanding > Chemical Sciences > Changes to materials can be reversible or irreversible > ACSSU095