Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics
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Electrostatic Forces, Subatomic Particles, Electrons, Electricity, Electrons, Graphing | High School
Lab: Electromagnetic Forces in the Atom
In this lab, students will better understand that opposite charges attract each other, and like charges repel.
Sublimation, Density, Observations | High School, Middle School
Lab: Dry Ice (High School)
In this lab, students perform several small experiments using dry ice and record their observations.
Physical Change, Distillation, Separating Mixtures, Mixtures, Conservation of Matter, Boiling Point, Phase Changes | High School
Lab: Distillation of Common Soft Drinks
In this lab, students will see the distillation procedure using a common soft drink and a simple equipment setup.
Separating Mixtures, Observations, Physical Change, Mixtures, Physical Properties | High School
In this lab, students complete a simple distillation lab separating water from cinnamon and food coloring.
Physical Change, Physical Properties, Review, Mixtures, Separating Mixtures, Distillation, Sublimation, Phase Changes, Boiling Point, Gas Laws, Temperature, Volume, Pressure | High School
Activity: Physical Properties
In this activity, students will play a game to review topics relating to physical properties of matter, including mixtures, states of matter, and gas laws. They will be prompted with questions in a PowerPoint and they will use white boards to communicate their answers.
Intermolecular Forces, Solubility, Intermolecular Forces, Intramolecular Forces, Polarity, Lewis Structures, Molecular Structure, Solute & Solvent, Mixtures, Melting Point, Freezing Point, Boiling Point, Physical Properties, Graphing, Mixtures | High School
Lab: Physical Properties (High School)
In this lesson, students investigate how intermolecular forces effect physical properties by investigating substances’ melting points as well as solubility.
Heat, Specific Heat, Temperature, Experimental Design, Scientific Method, Physical Properties | High School, Middle School
Lesson Plan: Designing & Engineering a Fast Defroster
In this activity students use their understanding of energy transfer to “design a solution to a complex real-world problem, based on scientific knowledge, student-generated sources of evidence, prioritized criteria, and tradeoff considerations.” And “evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem, based on scientific knowledge, student-generated sources of evidence, prioritized criteria, and tradeoff considerations.” The real world problem is to help a cook who is trying to make a meal, but realizes some of the ingredients are frozen and must be thawed before he can begin.
Atomic Radius, Electron Affinity, Ionization Energy, Periodic Table | High School
Activity: Periodic Trends Investigation
In this activity, students investigate trends in atomic radius, electron affinity, and ionization energy using an online interactive periodic table.
Electron Affinity, Atomic Radius, Ionic Radius, Periodic Table, Ions, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Subatomic Particles, Electrons, Valence Electrons | High School
Activity: Periodic Trends II: Electron Affinity, Atomic Radius, & Ionic Radius
In this simulation, students will focus their investigation on the electron affinity of an atom. Through the use of this simulation students will have the opportunity to examine the formation of an anion as well as compare the atomic radius of a neutral atom to the ionic radius of its anion.
Density, Error Analysis, Accuracy, Identifying an Unknown, Physical Properties | High School, Middle School
Lab: Density Lab
In this lab, students determine the density of several liquids and solids. They then identify an unknown metal by determining its density. They then calculate the percent error within the class for a specific sample.
Atomic Radius, Ionic Radius, Ionization Energy, Valence Electrons, Periodic Table, Electrons, Subatomic Particles, Ions, Model of the Atom, Atoms | High School
Activity: Periodic Trends I: Ionization Energy, Atomic Radius & Ionic Radius
In this simulation, students will investigate several periodic trends, including atomic radius, ionization energy and ionic radius. Through the use of this simulation students will have the opportunity to examine atomic data as well as visually compare and interact with select elements from the periodic table.
Lab Safety, Culminating Project, Interdisciplinary | High School, Middle School
Activity: Dangerous Goods Specialist
In this activity, students will take on the role of a Dangerous Goods Specialist for a large chemical company. In this role, students will research a specific commercially available industrial chemical looking at both the properties of the compound as well as how can they safely ship the chemical to a buyer in a cost effective and timely manner.
Periodic Table, Elements, Matter, Physical Properties, Chemical Properties, Observations, Identifying an Unknown | High School, Middle School
Lab: Periodic Table Trends
In this lab, students will investigate trends of the periodic table by examining samples of six elements. Students will use observations about the elements’ appearance, conductivity, and malleability to determine whether they are metals, nonmetals, or metalloids. They will also see how these elements, as well as two more in a teacher demo, react with water and use this information to make claims about reactivity patterns in the periodic table.
Elements, Model of the Atom, Periodic Table, Introduction, Atoms, Electrons | Middle School, High School
Activity: Periodic Puzzler
In this activity, students will learn about what makes up an atom and how important protons are in the placement of elements on the periodic table.
Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Observations | High School, Middle School
Lab: Corrosion in Motion
In this lab, students will expose metal samples to various solutions and observe the amount of corrosion of a period of time.
Calorimetry, Exothermic & Endothermic, Heat, Specific Heat, Temperature, Scientific Method, Graphing, Experimental Design | High School
Lab: Cool Science: Building and Testing a Model Radiator
In this lab students construct a model of a car radiator to investigate parameters that lead to efficient cooling. Students investigate multiple variables as they experiment with various radiator designs. This lesson focuses on thermochemistry calculations and engineering practices.
Exothermic & Endothermic, Physical Change, Heat, Temperature, Observations, Intermolecular Forces, Solute & Solvent, Saturated/Unsaturated/Supersaturated | High School, Middle School
Lesson Plan: Particle Modeling of Hand Warmers
In this lesson, students will create a particulate model of matter that explains energy changes and transfer during a physical process, such as the crystallization of a solid from a supersaturated solution.
Pharmaceuticals, Functional Groups, Identifying an Unknown, Chemical Properties, Observations | High School
Lab: Over the Counter Drugs
In this lab, students will do some research about common over the counter drugs and then carry out some chemical tests to learn more about their composition. They will then identify an unknown drug sample.
Conservation of Mass, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Observations | High School, Middle School
Lab: Conservation of Mass
In this lab, students perform three simple experiments, recording the mass of a substance before and after a reaction. They then explain how the law of conservation of mass was not violated, even if the mass changed.
Polymers, Polymers, Molecular Structure, Physical Properties | High School
Activity: 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.
Observations | Middle School, Elementary School, High School
Activity: Compare and Contrast
In this activity, students will use their observation skills to compare and contrast two similar chemistry classroom scenes in order to identify the differences between the two.
Density, Density, Chemical Change, Observations, Inferences | High School, Middle School
Demonstration: 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.
Density, Observations, Inferences, Measurements, Identifying an Unknown, Error Analysis, Scientific Method | High School
Lab: Colors of the Rainbow
In this lab, students will practice density calculations and put their calculations to test by creating their own density column.
Classification of Reactions, Culminating Project, Review, Interdisciplinary | High School
Project: Classifying Reaction Types Mini Poster
In this activity, students display their knowledge of the five main types of chemical reactions on a miniature sized poster.
Classification of Reactions, Balancing Equations, Chemical Change, Conservation of Mass, Observations | High School
Lab: Classifying Reaction Types
In this lab, students will carry out seven reactions and classify their reaction types. They will make observations, predict products, and balance the equations that represent the chemical reactions that are occurring.
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