Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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  • Observations, Scientific Method, Experimental Design, Error Analysis | High School

    Lab: Airplanes

    In this lab, students will design a procedure to test for the intended outcome of a longest flight.

  • Observations, Inferences, Scientific Method | High School

    Demonstration: Observations vs. Inferences

    In this demonstration, students will learn the the difference between observation and inferences.

  • Observations, Phase Changes, Combustion, Scientific Method, Experimental Design | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Observing a Candle

    In this lab, students accumulate observations of a candle including a look at the combustion reaction's reactants and products.

  • Introduction, Scientific Method, Experimental Design | High School

    Activity: Procedure Pictures

    In this activity students are put into groups of 2 – 3 and are then charged with developing a procedure to investigate a provided “fact or fiction” statement. The twist to this task is that they are not allowed to use words; their entire procedure must be represented in pictures. This idea is based on the recent “Can You Picture That?” article by Julie Damico in the February 2014 edition of The Science Teacher magazine.

  • Introduction, Interdisciplinary, Scientific Method, Experimental Design | High School

    Activity: Experimental Design using Science and Engineering Practices

    In this activity, students will read a short story about an experiment that was conducted about an everyday question. Then the student will decide if and how the experimenter followed the scientific method. Then they will consider their own everyday questions and propose a way to answer them experimentally.

  • Introduction, Interdisciplinary, Scientific Method | High School

    Activity: Write the Methods Section

    In this activity, students will learn how to write and think like a scientist when they complete their lab write ups.

  • Introduction, Scientific Method | High School

    Activity: Chemistry Fact vs Fiction

    In this activity, students will read a short article, view a video, and discuss why they believe the article and video are or are not reliable sources of information. Students will then perform a basic laboratory experiment implementing the steps of the Scientific Method.

  • Introduction, Interdisciplinary | High School

    Lesson Plan: How To Write a Formal Lab

    In this lesson, students learn how to put the parts of a formal lab write up together.

  • Observations, Physical Properties, Introduction, Elements, History, Periodic Table, Chemical Properties | High School

    Lesson Plan: What is Chemistry?

    In this lesson, students watch a video narrated by Bill Nye, and then complete a SOMA cube to enhance their perspective in the process of discovery.

  • Introduction, Culminating Project | High School

    Activity: Toy Project

    In this project, students will develop a toy or elementary school project into an inquiry demonstration suitable for a high school chemistry class.

  • Observations, Introduction, Inferences, Scientific Method | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Check Activity

    In this activity, students develop a theory based on evidence they collect from (fake) cancelled checks to come up with a story of how they are related.

  • Percent Composition, Introduction, Percent Composition, Scientific Method | Middle School

    Lab: Mass Percent

    In this lesson, students will develop a theory of how to calculate percent composition.

  • Acids & Bases, Melting Point, Freezing Point, Phase Changes, Physical Change | Middle School

    Lesson Plan: Stearic Acid

    In this lesson, students investigate how stearic acid undergoes a phase change from solid to liquid and back from liquid to solid. Temperature readings will be collected at one-minute intervals once the acid melts, the heat escapes, and the acid cools. Students are introduced to the idea that energy loss does not always result in a continuous temperature drop.

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

    Lab: 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.

  • Observations, Density, Sublimation, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Temperature | Middle School

    Lesson Plan: Dry Ice

    In this lesson, students will investigate how dry ice undergoes a phase change from solid to gas, skipping the liquid phase under normal temperature and pressure.

  • Chemical Change, Acid & Base Theories, Strong vs Weak, Mixture, Salts, Ions, Conductivity | Middle School

    Lesson Plan: Why Drink Gatorade?

    In this lesson, students will test different flavors of Gatorade and other liquids to investigate acids and bases. This will take several days unless students already know about acids and bases.

  • Acid, Indicators, Chemical Properties | Middle School

    Lab: Acid & Base

    In this lab, students are given four unknown liquids and must identify whether they are acids or bases.

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

    Lab: 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.

  • Elements, Identifying an Unknown, Conservation of Matter, Culminating Project, Chemical Change | Middle School

    Lab: Priestley Labs

    In this lab, students will identify an unknown gas based on experimental evidence.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Acid, Interdisciplinary, Physical Change, Chemical Change | Middle School

    Lab: Break It Down!

    In this lab, students will examine the physical and chemical changes that take place within a landfill by composting leftover fruits and vegetables from their lunches. They will also record pH and temperature measurements during the process.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Inferences, Reduction, Redox Reaction, Classification of Reactions, Chemical Change, Oxidation, Electron Transfer, Electrons, Ions | Middle School

    Lesson Plan: One Tube Reaction

    In this lesson, students will observe a chemical change involving oxidation and reduction.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Interdisciplinary, Physical Change, Reaction Rate, Reaction Rate, Chemical Change | Middle School

    Lab: Chemical Weathering in Geology

    In this lab, students will explore the differences between erosion, weathering and chemical weathering. They will complete a lab experiment that simulates chemical weathering on 4 different types of rocks. They will also learn how to use the Mohs Hardness Test to analyze the results.

  • Chemical Change, Interdisciplinary, Molecular Formula, Conservation of Mass, Balancing Equations, Conservation of Mass, Reversible Reactions, Chemical Change, Photosynthesis | Middle School

    Lesson Plan: The Building Blocks of Photosynthesis

    In this lesson, students will use colored blocks to represent the elements in photosynthesis and illustrate how they are broken down and reassembled to create glucose.

  • Introduction, Conservation of Mass, Balancing Equations, Conservation of Mass, Limiting Reactant | High School, Middle School

    Activity: Kinesthetic Reactions

    In this lesson students, through their physical movement, will model the law of conservation of mass during a chemical reaction. Students will also explore the concepts of limiting and excess reactants as well as balancing a chemical equation. Through this activity they also develop a means of representing particles at the molecular level.

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

    Demonstration: Simple Kinetics

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

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