AACT currently offers more than 1,000 classroom resources for K-12 teachers of chemistry to use in their classrooms. These resources include videos, simulations, animations, lesson plans, labs, activities, demonstrations and projects. We are happy to also present select classroom resources as part of larger collections, that are organized by a theme. Some of these collections were developed specifically as part of a content writing team, while others were put together as a common theme was apparent.
ACS National Historic Chemical Landmarks Program
These lesson plans were originally developed through the American Chemical Society’s National Historic Chemical Landmarks Program. Under this program, ACS grants Landmark status to seminal achievements in the history of the chemical sciences and provides a record of their contributions to chemistry and society in the United States.
Chemical Technical Professionals
The National Science Board estimates that there are over 16 million jobs in the skilled technical workforce that don’t require a 4-year college degree, but require STEM knowledge including the safe use of chemicals, data collection and analysis, familiarity with lab equipment and techniques, and communication of experimental results. The AACT resources in this collection allow students to take the roles of quality control technicians, forensic technicians, environmental science technicians, and more to introduce them to the skills necessary for success in these rewarding careers.
Chemistry of Cars
The Ford Chemistry of Cars resources highlight the chemistry involved in aspects of production and operation of automobiles.
Chemistry of Color
The Chemistry of Color collection highlights the real-world chemistry of paint. Resources in this collection investigate the composition of paint, the chemical make-up of pigments, the technology used to match paint samples, as well as the future potential of paint.
ChemMatters Teaching Resources
Science teachers are being asked to incorporate more reading and writing into their lessons to support the development of students’ literacy. These lesson plans will improve your students’ understanding of scientific concepts by relating their learning to everyday life. The lesson plans will also help your students think critically and understand the nature of scientific knowledge, including how science is done.
This collection of AACT resources highlights all of the hands-on physical science and chemistry activities that are available in our library, and require only tools and/or materials that are typically found in the kitchen. All of these resources include a list of required materials and detailed background information for teachers, or other adults, who are supervising the activity. There are also student activity sheets, and many include an answer key. There is an equipment list and a table of conversion factors available in the sidebar.
The AACT high school classroom resource library and multimedia collection has everything you need to put together a unit plan for your classroom: lessons, activities, demonstrations, labs, projects, videos, simulations, and animations. There are 16 Unit Plans in this Collection. They are listed below in sequential order for suggested use in a high school chemistry classroom.
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