Kitchen Chemistry


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.

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    Activity | Chemical Change, Matter, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Physical Properties | Elementary School

    Analyzing Root Beer Floats

    In this activity students will observe the states of matter while making a root beer float. They will also discover the differences between a solid, a liquid and a gas.

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    Activity | Atomic Mass, Isotopes, Measurements | High School

    Beanium Isotopes

    In this activity, students will determine the average atomic mass of a sample of an imaginary element called Beanium.

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    Activity | Introduction, Observations, Physical Properties, Polymers | Elementary School

    Bouncy Ball

    In this activity, students explore the chemical reaction between borax and glue, creating a polymer ball. The properties of the polymer ball will be analyzed and compared to a store bought bouncy ball.

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    Activity | Dimensional Analysis, Measurements, Mole Concept | High School

    Bring Me A Mole

    In this lab, students take an abstract concept, the mole, and turn it into a real measurable concept.

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    Activity | Dimensional Analysis, Molar Mass, Mole Concept, Molecular Formula | High School

    Calculating Moles in Daily Life

    In this activity, students will use dimensional analysis to complete calculations and conversions for the number of moles, atoms, and molecules in several everyday household items using collected data.

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    Activity | Atomic Mass, Isotopes, Subatomic Particles | High School, Middle School

    Candy Isotopes & Atomic Mass

    In this activity, students will learn about isotopes and be introduced to basic average atomic mass calculations. They will use simple numbers and M&M candies to model ratios that approximate real world atomic mass values on the periodic table.

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    Activity | Chemical Change, Matter, Mixtures, Mixtures, Physical Change | Elementary School

    Chemistry in the Kitchen!

    In this activity, students will describe the steps required to complete a recipe of their choosing. They will identify any physical and chemical changes that occur throughout the process.

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    Activity | Density, Mixtures, Mixtures, Observations, Physical Properties | Elementary School

    Color-Works in a Jar

    Students will be using three ingredients to create a liquid color-works mixture in a jar. This is a fun chemistry project to do with young elementary students around the 4th of July or New Year’s Eve to get the children excited about fireworks.

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    Activity | Dimensional Analysis, Limiting Reactant, Percent Yield, Stoichiometry | High School

    Cookie Stoichiometry

    In this activity, students use a chocolate chip cookie recipe to answer questions related to stoichiometry, percent yield, and limiting reactants.

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    Activity | Dimensional Analysis, Matter, Measurements, Mixtures, Physical Change | High School, Middle School

    Cooking with Conversions

    In this activity, students will be given a common homemade recipe for German chocolate cake with measurements in English units. They will be asked to convert the English ingredients list to metric units through scientific calculations. Students will also be asked to identify the ingredients as solid, liquid or gas. While reviewing the cooking procedures, students will classify certain steps as containing compounds or mixtures as well as identify whether chemical or physical changes are taking place. The culinary chemistry involved in this lesson should be introduced throughout the activity.

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    Activity | Establishing Equilibrium | High School

    Equilibrium Introduction

    In this activity, students perform a hands-on activity that models chemical equilibrium based on the article Equilibrium: A Teaching/Learning Activity by Audrey H. Wilson from the Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 75, No. 9, September 1998.

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    Activity | Balancing Equations, Limiting Reactant, Stoichiometry | High School

    Farfalle Stoichiometry

    In this activity, students will use a hands-on manipulative (pasta) to represent the stoichiometric relationships in a compound and in a balanced equation. They will determine the limiting reactant for a given amount of two reactants and they will identify the excess reactant. In the extension exercise, students will balance the equations that are used in the production of ammonia, a common chemical fertilizer.

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    Activity | Interdisciplinary, Mixtures, Observations, Physical Properties, Scientific Method, Separating Mixtures | High School, Middle School

    How Do We Clean Up An Oil Spill

    In this activity, students simulate an oil spill and test different materials’ ability to “clean” the oil spill.

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    Activity | Molecular Structure, Physical Properties, Polymers, Polymers | High School

    Molecular Spaghetti

    In this activity, students will discover how the entanglement in cooked spaghetti depends on the length of the spaghetti strands and relate this discovery to polymeric materials.

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    Activity | Concentration, Molarity | High School

    Particle Level Molarity

    In this activity, students are introduced to molarity at the particle level. Students will activate their prior knowledge by demonstrating their understanding of concentration by preparing several Kool-Aid drinks, and then applying that information at the particle level to various models.

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    Activity | Mole Concept | High School

    Popcorn Counting Unit

    In this activity, students develop a new method of counting objects, called the PCU, and compare this method to the concept of the mole.

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    Activity | Balancing Equations, Dimensional Analysis, Limiting Reactant, Measurements, Mole Concept, Stoichiometry | High School

    S'more Stoichiometry

    In this activity, students determine the number of graham crackers and chocolate pieces required to complete a “reaction” with a given quantity of marshmallows (the limiting reactant). They then use the same thought process with a problem involving a real chemical reaction.

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    Activity | Balancing Equations, Dimensional Analysis, Limiting Reactant, Mole Concept, Stoichiometry | High School

    Sweet Stoichiometry Reactions

    In this activity, students will use candy to investigate stoichiometry and mole-gram relationships in chemical equations, but could also be used to introduce the concept of limiting reactants.

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    Activity | Chemical Change, History, Interdisciplinary | High School, Middle School

    Tie Dye

    In this activity, students make tie-dye shirts and complete a worksheet about a reading from ChemMatters about how dyes work. It gives students the opportunity to apply chemistry to everyday life.

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    Activity | Molecular Structure, Physical Properties, Polarity | High School

    What Makes Water So Special?

    In this activity, students will become familiar with the special properties of water by completing several activities that investigate the following physical properties: cohesion, adhesion, surface tension, and capillary action.

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    Demonstration | Mixtures, Observations, Physical Properties, Polarity | Elementary School

    Colorful Milk

    In this demonstration, students will observe as the teacher creates several colorful mixtures. Using food coloring, water and milk, students will watch the colors swirl and mix. Students will have the opportunity to make a prediction about what will happen to the colors when a sample of soap is introduced to the mixture.

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    Demonstration | Acid Base Reactions, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Exothermic & Endothermic | Elementary School

    Comparing Chemical Reactions

    In this demonstration, the teacher will perform two chemical reactions, one will be between acetic acid (vinegar) and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and the other will be between Alka-Seltzer and water. Both reactions will produce gas and will be conducted in a Ziploc bag, causing it to inflate. Students will observe the reactions and analyze the results in order to understand indicators of chemical change. Students will also determine that these are both endothermic reactions based on their observations.

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    Demonstration | Chemical Change, Density, Density, Inferences, Observations | High School, Middle School

    Comparing Gas Density

    In this demonstration, students will observe a reaction between baking soda and vinegar in the presence of a variety of different heights of lit candles. The initial environment has plenty of oxygen present in order to sustain the candle’s flame; however the reaction will produce carbon dioxide which will cause the lit candles to extinguish in order of height. Students will analyze and compare the presence of the gases in the container and make determinations about the densities of each.

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    Demonstration | Chemical Change, Reaction Rate, Reaction Rate | High School, Middle School

    Comparing Rates of Reaction

    In this demonstration, students observe the effect of temperature, concentration, and particle size on the rate of a chemical reaction.

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    Demonstration | Physical Change, Solubility, Solute & Solvent | Elementary School

    Crystallization of Sugar

    In this demonstration, students will observe how to make rock candy in order to understand how sugar crystals form. They will be able to explain what a supersaturated solution is and how it is relevant to sugar crystallization.

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    Demonstration | Density, Inferences, Mixtures, Mixtures, Observations | High School, Middle School

    Density Tubes

    In this demonstration, students will have the opportunity to observe and analyze the density of a solution. Students will interpret their observations as they compare the density of the solution with plastic components.

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    Demonstration | Kinetic Molecular Theory | High School

    Diffusion of Particles

    In this demonstration students will experience diffusion, and then model the process of diffusion of microwave popcorn “flavor particles” in a room filled with still air.

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    Demonstration | Pressure, Temperature | Elementary School, Middle School

    EGGsperiment

    In this demonstration, students will learn how temperature change affects air pressure, while observing an egg getting sucked into a bottle without being touched!

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    Demonstration | Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Density, Density | Elementary School, High School, Middle School

    Fire Extinguisher

    In this demonstration, students will observe a chemical reaction, and see how the product can be used to extinguish a fire.

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    Demonstration | Chemical Change, Combustion, Density, Lab Safety, Observations | High School

    Fish Tank Carbon Dioxide

    In this demonstration, students watch as a reaction between baking soda and vinegar produces carbon dioxide, which then causes lit candles to extinguish.

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    Demonstration | Chemical Change, Exothermic & Endothermic | Elementary School, Middle School

    Giant Toothpaste

    In this demonstration, students will identify factors that indicate a chemical change has occurred while observing the production of giant toothpaste. This reaction uses simpler materials than those that are often used in the typical high school version of the Elephant’s toothpaste demonstration.

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    Demonstration | Density, Identifying an Unknown, Measurements | Elementary School, Middle School

    Household Densities

    In this demonstration, students will make predictions about various household materials and whether or not each will sink or float when placed in water. Data will be collected and then used to calculate the density value of each item. Finally students will analyze the relationship between the density value and the observed outcome, and use their knowledge to identify unknown materials.

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    Demonstration | Gas Laws, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Pressure, Volume | High School

    Inflate and Shrink Wrap a Student

    In this demonstration, students will observe two situations. First a student will be lifted off the desk as other students blow air into straws connected to a garbage bag in order to inflate it. Secondly, the class will observe a garbage bag shrink wrapping a student as a vacuum removes air from the bag.

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    Demonstration | Acids & Bases, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Mixtures, Observations | Elementary School, High School, Middle School

    Inflating a Balloon with Chemistry

    In this demonstration, the teacher will perform a reaction between acetic acid (vinegar) and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in order to inflate a balloon and to introduce the concept of a chemical reaction to students. Students will observe the reaction, and identify indicators of chemical change as well as discuss the different types of matter that are involved.

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    Demonstration | Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Conservation of Mass, Exothermic & Endothermic, Inferences, Limiting Reactant, Observations, Stoichiometry | High School

    Introducing Limiting Reactants

    In this demonstration, the teacher will perform a series of reactions between acetic acid--vinegar-- and varying amounts of sodium bicarbonate --baking soda--in order to inflate several Ziploc bags. Students will observe the reactions and analyze the quantities of reactants used as well as the results in order to understand the concept of limiting reactants. Students will also determine if the reaction is an endothermic or exothermic process based on their observations.

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    Demonstration | Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Combustion, Density, Density, Observations | Elementary School, Middle School

    Investigating Gas Density

    In this demonstration, students will observe a reaction between baking soda and vinegar in the presence of a burning candle. The initial environment has plenty of oxygen present in order to sustain the candle’s flame; however the reaction will produce carbon dioxide which will cause the lit candle to extinguish. Students will analyze the outcome and compare the presence of the gases in the container and make determinations about the densities of each.

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    Demonstration | Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Observations, Physical Change | Elementary School

    Make a Cake!

    In this demonstration, students will learn about chemical reactions by observing the differences when 4 small cakes are baked. Each recipe will differ slightly in that one important ingredient will be left out in 3 of the 4 mixtures. Students will observe and discuss what happens when things are missing or left out of a mixture and how that effects the chemical reaction.

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    Demonstration | Chemical Change, Concentration, Solute & Solvent | Elementary School, Middle School

    Soft Eggs

    In this demonstration, students will first observe a reaction between vinegar (acetic acid) and an egg shell (calcium carbonate) to produce a naked egg. Using these eggs, student will analyze how certain substances can move through a membrane and also determine if the membrane is affected.

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    Demonstration | Chemical Change, Observations, Reaction Rate, Reaction Rate | Elementary School, High School, Middle School

    Simple Kinetics

    In this demonstration, students will see that different food dyes react with bleach at different rates.

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    Demonstration | Density, Measurements | Elementary School

    Sinking Soda

    In this teacher led demonstration, students will compare their observations when unopened cans of diet and regular soda are placed in a large container of water. They will use their observations to help differentiate between several fundamental chemistry concepts: mass, volume, and density.

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    Demonstration | Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Conservation of Mass, Conservation of Mass, Limiting Reactant, Observations, Stoichiometry | High School

    Understanding Limiting Reactants

    In this demonstration, the teacher will perform a series of reactions between acetic acid (vinegar) and varying amounts of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in order to inflate several balloons. Students will observe the reactions and analyze the quantities of reactants used as well as the results in order to understand the concept of limiting reactants.

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    Demonstration | Chemical Change, Experimental Design, Inferences, Observations, Scientific Method | High School, Middle School

    What Causes Yeast to Ferment?

    In this lesson, students will observe and verify molasses sugar content as a result of its ability to ferment yeast. They will compare how molasses allows yeast to ferment with other sugar solutions as well as a sugar-free solution.

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    Demonstration | Inferences, Molecular Motion, Observations, Temperature | High School, Middle School

    What is Temperature?

    In this demonstration, students will observe food dye mixing with water at different temperatures.

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    Demonstration | Density, Observations, Physical Properties | Elementary School

    Will it Float?

    In this demonstration, students will observe the relationship between the density of a solution and its impact on an object’s ability to float or sink. Uncooked eggs will be placed in a tap water sample and in a salt water solution so that students can make observations and compare the results in order to make a determination regarding the density value for each item.

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    Lab | Conservation of Matter, Pressure | Elementary School

    Alka-Seltzer Rockets

    In this lab, students will conduct a chemical reaction that will be used to launch a rocket.

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    Lab | Acid Base Reactions, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Density, Mixtures, Mixtures, Observations, Physical Change | Elementary School

    Analyzing a Lava Lamp

    In this lab, students create a mixture of oil, water and food coloring, and then add an Alka-Seltzer tablet, to create a homemade lava lamp. Student will record their observations during each step of the process and answer follow-up questions about the chemical and physical changes that took place.

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    Lab | Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Observations, Oxidation | Elementary School

    Apple's Oxidation

    In this lab students will learn about the chemical reaction, oxidation, using apple wedges. They will apply different substances to a number of apple wedges to determine if these applications have any impact on the oxidation process. Students will also use a control sample so that they compare their results with an apple wedge that has not had any substance added to it. Students will measure and record the time it takes to see the changes to the apple which indicate oxidation. 3-46

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    Lab | Acid Base Reactions, Chemical Properties, Indicators, Observations | Elementary School

    Can a Cabbage Distinguish an Acid from a Base?

    In this lab, students will first determine what colors the cabbage indicator turns in acidic, neutral, and basic solutions.

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    Lab | Density, Measurements | High School

    Can it Float?

    In this lab, students will investigate the relationships between mass, volume, density and buoyancy in common objects. Students will be tasked with determining the volume of a variety of objects as well as interpreting the meaning of their buoyancy in water.

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    Lab | Physical Change, Solubility, Solute & Solvent | High School, Middle School

    Chemistree

    In this lab, students will prepare a solution to observe a physical change.

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    Lab | Freezing Point, Mixtures, Phase Changes | Elementary School

    Coffee Creamer Ice Cream

    In this lab, students will investigate how dissolving salt (sodium chloride) in water changes the freezing point of the solution. While investigating this, they will make ice cream from small coffee creamer cups.

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    Lab | Density, Matter, Observations, Physical Properties | Elementary School, Middle School

    Comparing Density of Liquids & Irregular Solids

    In this lab, students will measure mass and volume, calculate density, and compare the density of given liquids and solids, inferring what causes objects to sink or float in a given liquid. 3-48

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    Lab | Observations, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Temperature | Elementary School, Middle School

    Condensation

    In this lab, students will explore the process of condensation. Students will investigate how water vapor condenses, and then they will conduct a comparison test to see if cooling water vapor has an effect on the rate of condensation.

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    Lab | Concentration, Interdisciplinary, Measurements, Mixtures, Scientific Method | High School, Middle School

    Effect of Salt Concentration on Plants

    In this lab, students will observe how salt concentration can affect the structure of a potato tuber.

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    Lab | Freezing Point, Freezing Point Depression, Phase Changes | High School, Middle School

    Freezing Ice Cream

    In this lab, students will investigate changing states of matter, chemical reactions, and the properties of ice and salt while creating their own ice cream.

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    Lab | Chemical Change, Heat, History, Interdisciplinary, Temperature, Temperature | High School, Middle School

    Greenhouse Gas Simulation

    In this lab, students will create two simulations of the Earth’s atmosphere. They will compare a control model with a one that has an increased presence of carbon dioxide gas in order to analyze how this effects temperature. They will also complete research in order to learn more about the makeup of the Earth’s atmosphere.

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    Lab | Chemical Change, Observations, Physical Change | Elementary School

    Gummy Bear Investigation

    In this lab students will write a plan then conduct an experiment using the scientific method to observe the physical and chemical changes that a gummy bear will experience when placed in a solution of their choice.

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    Lab | Density, Mixtures, Solubility | Middle School

    Investigating Density within Lava Lamps

    In this lab students will make a simple yet spectacular lava lamp while focusing on the density of the components.

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    Lab | Melting Point, Observations, Phase Changes, Physical Properties, Scientific Method | Elementary School

    Ice Cube Race

    In this lab, students will investigate what factors can influence the change in state of matter from a solid to a liquid. They will have the opportunity to make a hypothesis and participate in the design and completion of an experiment.

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    Lab | Separating Mixtures, Separating Mixtures | Elementary School

    Investigating Black Ink

    In this lab, students will discover that black ink is a mixture composed of a several different pigments through a chromatography investigation.

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    Lab | Phase Changes, Physical Change | Middle School

    I Can’t Believe It’s Butter!

    In this lab students will learn about the phases of matter and phase changes while making a small sample of butter.

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    Lab | Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding, Melting Point, Molecular Structure | High School

    Ionic vs. Covalent Compounds

    In this lab, students will compare two seemingly similar substances, salt and sugar. Through melting a sample of each substance and analyze of their chemical composition, students will draw conclusions regarding ionic and covalent compounds.

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    Lab | Freezing Point, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Temperature | Middle School

    Lemon Ice

    This activity explores the interaction between salt and water (ice) as a way to further investigate their impact on the state of matter of a substance. Students will use salt and ice to create a slushy lemonade drink without the use of a freezer. They will learn through this hands-on experiment how salt and ice can rapidly cool a liquid.

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    Lab | Limiting Reactant | High School

    Limiting Reactant Candy

    In this lab, students will understand what is meant by the term, "limiting reactant" and be able to identify the limiting reactant in a non-chemistry situation.

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    Lab | Chemical Change, Exothermic & Endothermic | High School

    Little Miss Muffet

    In this lab, students make homemade glue from milk and compare it to commercial glue.

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    Lab | Inferences, Intermolecular Forces, Mixtures, Observations, Scientific Method | High School

    Magic Milk

    In this lab, students will investigate the addition of detergent to a mixture of whole milk and food coloring. Students will attempt to explain the cause of their observations. Also, students will have the opportunity to manipulate the experiment and determine how other variables may impact the results.

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    Lab | Physical Change, Reaction Rate, Solubility, Solute & Solvent | Elementary School

    M&M's Solution

    In this lab, students will investigate dissolving using M&M’s and will determine whether dissolving happens faster without assistance, or with the assistance of the tongue and teeth.

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    Lab | Heat, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Temperature, Temperature | High School, Middle School

    Mega Marshmallows

    In this lab, students will investigate the Kinetic Molecular Theory and particle motion while experimenting with a marshmallow. Students will observe how an increase in kinetic energy will cause particles to increase in motion. This concept will be extended into a discussion about additional real world thermal expansion examples.

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    Lab | Concentration, Dimensional Analysis, Measurements, Mixtures, Molarity, Mole Concept, Solute & Solvent | High School

    Molarity of a Solution

    In this lab, students calculate concentrations of and perform dilutions of Kool-Aid and juice solutions.

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    Lab | Density, Dimensional Analysis, Mole Concept | High School

    Moles of Food

    In this lab, students will analyze the nutrition label of a variety of foods to find the amount of specific elements in each serving. Students are asked to evaluate and compare the data in a series of questions, in order to convert the values to moles. This lab gives students the opportunity to see the connection between the chemistry mole concept and everyday foods.

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    Lab | Acid, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Observations | Elementary School

    My Pennies

    In this lab, students will investigate how an acidic, vinegar based solution can help to get “dirty” pennies clean. Students will observe chemical change and investigate real-world connections to this lab.

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    Lab | Acid Base Reactions, Reaction Rate, Reaction Rate | High School, Middle School

    Plop, Fizz: How to Affect the Rate of a Chemical Reaction

    In this lesson, students will react Alka-Seltzer tablets with water. By varying the temperature of the water, particle size of the Alka-Seltzer, and concentration of the Alka-Seltzer they can see the effect on the rate and strength of the chemical reaction.

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    Lab | Intermolecular Forces, Intermolecular Forces, Mixtures, Mixtures, Observations, Physical Properties, Polarity | Elementary School, High School, Middle School

    Salad Dressing Science: Emulsions

    In this lab, students mix polar and nonpolar substances and then add various emulsifiers to encourage the mixing of the two substances. They use ingredients in salad dressing to relate science to real life scenarios.

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    Lab | Electrons, Ions, Model of the Atom, Periodic Table, Subatomic Particles, Valence Electrons | High School, Middle School

    Sweet Model of the Atom

    In this lesson, students will use different candies to represent electrons, protons, and neutrons to gain a better understanding of atoms, ions, and isotopes.

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    Lab | Chemical Change, Chemical Change | Elementary School

    Teeth Eggsperiment!

    In this lab students will observe and analyze how different drinks can stain an egg’s shell. They will then associate the results with how these drinks can stain their teeth.

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    Lab | Balancing Equations, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Density, Mixtures, Observations, Physical Change, Physical Change | High School

    The Lovely Lava Lamp

    In this lab, students add food coloring to a mixture of oil and water and record their observations. They then add an Alka-Seltzer tablet, record their observations and answer a series of questions about the chemical and physical changes that took place.

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    Lab | Concentration, Mixtures, Percent Composition, Solubility, Solute & Solvent | Middle School

    The Perfect Kool-Aid Concentration

    In this lab, the students will investigate how the concentration of a solution affects its properties such as color and taste.

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    Lab | Chemical Properties, History, Interdisciplinary, Mixtures, Observations, Physical Properties | High School, Middle School

    Top Secret

    In this lab, students will learn about the history of invisible ink and will have the opportunity to compare two types of homemade invisible ink recipes.

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    Lab | Catalysts, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Observations, Reaction Rate, Reaction Rate | Elementary School

    To What DEGREE Does it Matter

    In this lab the students will explore how factors such as temperature may influence chemical reactions. Students will use citric acid and sodium bicarbonate (Alka-Seltzer) and a catalyst (water) to induce a reaction at varying degrees. Observations will be made of the rate at which the reactions take place under these varying conditions. The students will make predictions of how the temperature of the water will affect the chemical reaction. They will use a stop watch to time the reaction between the Alka-Seltzer and the varying temperatures of water and graph their observations for analysis, they will compare data to deduce whether temperature has any influence during a chemical reaction.

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    Lab | Graphing, Half Lives | High School

    Twizzler Half-Life

    In this lab, students will better understand the concept of half-lives.

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    Lab | Chemical Change, Physical Change, Physical Properties | Elementary School

    What's the Fizz?

    In this lab, students will make a lemon fizzy drink. Students will discuss what happens when things are mixed together.

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    Lab | Precipitate, Saturated/Unsaturated/Supersaturated, Solubility, Solute & Solvent | Elementary School, High School, Middle School

    Winter Crystals

    In this lab, students will create a supersaturated solution by dissolving borax in boiling water. They will create a snowflake using pipe cleaner to suspend in the solution, which will serve as a nucleation site for crystallization as the solution cools and remains undistributed overnight. This lab gives students an opportunity to experience the exciting crystallization process and become more familiar with an engaging chemistry spectacle!

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    Lesson Plan | Chemical Change, Identifying an Unknown, Inferences, Observations, Physical Change, Physical Change, Solute & Solvent | Elementary School

    Alien Invasion?

    In this lesson, students will explore both physical and chemical changes as they try to help the Department of Homeland Security analyze and identify materials found in a mysterious capsule. Students will examine and observe an unknown object (a frozen water balloon) as it changes (melts). They then mix combinations of everyday substances to observe chemical changes.

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    Lesson Plan | Chemical Properties, Mixtures, Observations, Physical Properties, Separating Mixtures | Elementary School, Middle School

    Clean-Up Pond Pollution

    In this lesson, students will compare polluted and filtered water to observe how filtering can remove some kinds of pollutants. Students will also be asked to consider how people affect ecosystems and use the scientific method to conduct an experiment on polluted water.

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    Lesson Plan | Mixtures, Mixtures, Observations, Physical Properties, Solute & Solvent | Middle School

    How Fast Does it Flow?

    In this lesson students explore the viscosity of different mixtures. They measure viscosity of different mixtures and then have the opportunity to design a mixture to attain a particular viscosity. Students will relate their lab experience to the application of viscosity in the real-world as they consider the differences in viscosity between different types of paints.

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    Lesson Plan | Chemical Change, Conservation of Matter, Phase Changes, Polymers | Elementary School

    Making Slime

    In this lesson, students explore the science behind chemical reactions as well as the processes used by chemical engineering principles to develop new materials. The idea that mixing two substances can result in an explosion, the release of gas, and the formation of an entirely new substance is both fascinating and mysterious to most young students.

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    Lesson Plan | Acid, Acid Base Reactions, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Observations | Elementary School

    The Chemistry of Eggs

    In this lesson students will learn that vinegar can react with the Calcium in an egg shell to make it rubbery. First, the students will listen to the teacher read a book about eggs. The teacher will then put an egg in a jar with vinegar and let it set for two days. Students will make a prediction about what they think will happen to the egg, and then together they will investigate the final results.

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    Lesson Plan | Chemical Change, Intermolecular Forces, Intermolecular Forces, Molecular Structure, Monomer, Polarity, Polymers, Scientific Method | Middle School

    Watch the Baby! Superabsorbent Polymer

    In this lesson, students will learn about how polymers, specifically superabsorbent polymers, work. Through lab activities, students will investigate polymer properties.

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    Simulation | Density, Density, Gas Laws, Ideal Gas, Molecular Motion, Physical Properties, Pressure, Temperature, Volume

    Density

    The simulation for the September 2015 issue allows students to investigate the effect of changing variables on both the volume and the density of a solid, a liquid, and a gas sample. Students will analyze the different states of matter at the particle level as well as quantitatively.

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