Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics
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Introduction, Scientific Method, Experimental Design | High School
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, Elements, History, Periodic Table | Middle School, High School
In this activity, students will become familiar with the periodic table by creating a skit to explain an element’s symbol, atomic number, and atomic mass.
Introduction, Elements, Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Electrons | High School, Middle School
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.
Introduction, Scientific Method | High School
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.
Observations, Introduction, Inferences, Scientific Method | Middle School, High School
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.
Observations, Physical Properties, Introduction, Polymers | Elementary School
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.
Introduction, Periodic Table, Identifying an Unknown | High School
In this activity, students organize alien cards into groups and periods following trends, similar to how the periodic table is put together.
Separating Mixtures, Mixtures, Physical Change, Physical Change, Phase Changes, Introduction, Interdisciplinary, Distillation, Solute & Solvent, Mixtures | Elementary School
In this lesson, students review important concepts of the water cycle and then design, test, and evaluate a working model of a desalination plant (a distiller).
Introduction, Accuracy, Measurements, SI Units | High School
In this activity, students predict the measurements of objects using metric units. They then take the actual measurements and compare them to their predictions.
Density, Introduction, Interdisciplinary, Accuracy, Dimensional Analysis, Measurements, Scientific Notation, Significant Figures, Accuracy, Error Analysis, Error Analysis | High School
In this lab, students will practice introductory math skills that will be used in chemistry all year. This includes metric conversion, significant figures, scientific notation, dimensional analysis, density, percent error, accuracy and precision, as well as using lab equipment.
Percent Composition, Introduction, Percent Composition, Scientific Method | Middle School
In this lesson, students will develop a theory of how to calculate percent composition.
Introduction, Elements, Periodic Table, Identifying an Unknown | High School
In this activity students use imaginary elements to create a periodic table based on the known properties of those elements.
Physical Properties, Introduction, Interdisciplinary | Elementary School
In this activity, students will investigate the physical properties of magnetism.