Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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

    Demonstration: 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.

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

    Activity: 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.

  • Interdisciplinary, Conservation of Mass, Chemical Change, Molecular Formula, 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.

  • Observations, Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Scientific Method, Chemical Properties, Mixtures, Experimental Design | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Test Tube Separation

    In this lab, students will mix four substances in a test tube and recreate the original four layers through chemical and physical means.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Redox Reaction, Scientific Method, Electron Transfer, Experimental Design | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Test Tube Geology

    In this lab, students will observe a reaction between an iron nail and copper(II) sulfate in a test tube over the course of several days, modeling how a similar reaction occurs to form copper deposits in the earth. Students will also modify the procedures to evaluate how changing a factor of their choice affects the results of the test tube reaction, introducing them to concepts of experimental design. It also introduces students to my version of the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH).

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Catalysts, Balancing Equations, Combustion, Classification of Reactions, Chemical Change, Acid Base Reactions | Middle School, High School

    Demonstration: Stop & Go Gases

    In this demonstration, students will witness the ability of carbon dioxide to extinguish a flame and oxygen to feed a flame. They will also be introduced to the concept of catalysts. This demonstration could also be used as an opportunity to practice writing and balancing equations and classifying chemical reactions.

  • Solubility, Solute & Solvent, Chemical Change, Chemical Bond | Middle School

    Lab: A Sticky Situation

    In this lab, students will try to separate plastic spoons that have been attached together with different adhesive materials using a variety of solvents.

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

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

    Demonstration: Fire Extinguisher

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

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Reaction Rate, Scientific Method, Experimental Design | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Reaction Rate

    In this lab, students will explore factors that effect reaction rate and develop a general statement that describes how the factors (temperature, particle size, and concentration) effect the rate based on experimental data. This is an inquiry-based activity.

  • Precipitate, Chemical Change, Reactions & Stoichiometry, Balancing Equations, Chemical Change, Solubility Rules | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Predicting Precipitates

    In this lab, students use solubility rules to predict which chemical reactions will produce precipitates.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Chemical Change | Middle School, High 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.

  • Observations, Conservation of Mass, Chemical Change, Chemical Change | Middle School, High 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.

  • Observations, Density, Density, Inferences, Chemical Change | Middle School, High 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.

  • Separating Mixtures, Density, Mixtures, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Intermolecular Forces, Intermolecular Forces | Middle School

    Lab: Clean it Up!

    In this lab, students will consider and utilize various separation techniques to purify and reclaim used motor oil.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Balancing Equations | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Chemical Reactions & Equations

    In this lesson, students will observe a series of reactions, make observations, and then write balanced chemical equations to chemically describe what they observed.

  • Observations, Reaction Rate, Physical Change, Interdisciplinary, Chemical Change, 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.

  • Observations, Acid, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Interdisciplinary, Chemical 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.

  • Physical Properties, Identifying an Unknown, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Scientific Method, Chemical Properties, Experimental Design | Middle School, High School

    Lab: As Easy as Pie

    In this lab, students will use chemical and physical properties to identify an unknown powder.

  • Observations, Inferences, Chemical Change, Classification of Reactions, Chemical Change, Reduction, Redox Reaction, 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, Physical Properties, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Exothermic & Endothermic, Temperature | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Observing a Chemical Reaction

    In this lab, students will practice making careful observations and measurements while witnessing a chemical change.

  • Observations, Physical Change, Conservation of Mass, Chemical Change, Conservation of Mass, Chemical Change, Measurements | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Mass & Change

    In this lab, students will use unified particle pictures of solid, liquid, and gas to explain the law of conservation of mass after carrying out various experiments.

  • Conservation of Matter, Precipitate, Conservation of Mass, Polyatomic Ions, Chemical Change, Balancing Equations, Conservation of Mass, Chemical Change, Conservation of Matter | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Simulation Activity: Balancing Chemical Equations

    In this activity, students will learn how to count atoms and how to balance chemical equations using a simulation and games from PhET Interactive Simulations.

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