Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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  • History, Periodic Table | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: Manganese Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about manganese.

  • Physical Properties, History, Periodic Table | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: Gallium Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about gallium.

  • History, Model of the Atom, Atomic Theory, Subatomic Particles, Radioactive Isotopes | Middle School, High School

    Video: Ernest Rutherford Video

    Rutherford's initial research was studying alpha particles, which he hypothesized were helium nuclei. With the help of Hans Geiger, Rutherford conducted the gold foil experiment, which justifies that the nucleus of an atom is a dense collection of protons and contains the majority of an atom’s mass. It also inferred that most of the atom is empty space and electrons are not located in the nucleus. He won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1908 for his studies on radioactive substances.

  • History, Periodic Table, Model of the Atom, Atomic Theory, Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: Dimitri Mendeleev Video

    This video tells the story of how Dimitri Mendeleev organized the periodic table, even leaving gaps to be filled in with elements that weren't yet discovered.

  • History, Periodic Table, Identifying an Unknown | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: Cadmium Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about cadmium.

  • History, Periodic Table | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: Hydrogen Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about hydrogen.

  • History, Periodic Table, Radioactive Isotopes | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: Astatine Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about astatine, the rarest element in the universe.

  • History, Periodic Table, Identifying an Unknown | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: Arsenic Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about arsenic, a deadly element that was once referred to as the "Inheritance Powder".

  • History, Periodic Table, Alpha/Beta/Gamma Decay, Radioactive Isotopes | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: Helium Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about helium.

  • Physical Change, History, Periodic Table | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: Gold Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about gold.

  • Observations, History, Conservation of Mass, Measurements, SI Units | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: Antoine Lavoisier Video

    This video tells the story of Antoine Lavoisier who many consider to be the father or modern chemistry. Lavoisier discovered oxygen and hydrogen and first proposed the Law of Conservation of Mass.

  • Observations, Physical Properties, History, Model of the Atom | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: Ancient Chemistry Video

    This video traces the history of chemistry from the discovery of fire, through the various metal ages, and finally to the great philosophers.

  • History, Acid & Base Theories, Strong vs Weak | Middle School, High School

    Video: Acid & Base Guys Video

    This video tells the story of how the definition of acids and bases has evolved from Lavoisier, to Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry, and Lewis.

  • Introduction, Elements, History, Periodic Table, Atoms, Subatomic Particles, Electrons | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Activity: Writing Your Name using Chemical Element Symbols

    In this activity, students will use their creativity to spell their name (first or middle name and their last name) using chemical symbols of elements on the periodic table. For example, you can spell Yvonne using the symbols for yttrium (Y), vanadium (V), oxygen (O), nitrogen (N), and neon (Ne).

  • Observations, Introduction, Elements, History, Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Culminating Project, Matter | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Is a Picture Worth 1000 Words?

    In this activity, students will learn about early chemistry discoveries through a textbook reading as well as from a cartoon.

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

    Lab: 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.

  • Chemical Change, Interdisciplinary, History | 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.

  • Temperature, Chemical Change, Interdisciplinary, History, 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.

  • Interdisciplinary, History, Model of the Atom, Culminating Project, Atomic Theory | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Scientist Infographic

    In this activity, students will design and publish an infographic focused on a well-known scientist and their contribution to the development of the atomic model.

  • Physical Properties, History, Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Isotopes, Electron Configuration, Valence Electrons, Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles, Atomic Radius, Chemical Properties, Electrons, Orbitals | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Ptable.com Investigations

    In this activity, students will use the online periodic table found at www.ptable.com to investigate a number of chemistry concepts. Students will use this online resource to explore information about the elements, including historical data, physical properties, periodic trends and more.

  • Introduction, Elements, History, Periodic Table | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Element Skit

    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.

  • Elements, Interdisciplinary, History, Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom | Middle School, High School

    Project: Element Baby Book

    In this activity, students will “adopt” an element and create a baby book about their “new baby” while they research and learn about the element.

  • Elements, History, Atoms, Isotopes, Atomic Theory, Subatomic Particles | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Atomic Structure RAFT

    In this activity, students choose from a number of activity options in order to best display their understanding of atomic structure. The RAFT model will be followed for this assignment, which means the students choose their assignment and may modify the assignment based on Role, Audience, Format, and Topic.

  • Physical Properties, Interdisciplinary, History, Periodic Table, Review, Culminating Project, Isotopes, Electron Configuration, Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles, Chemical Properties | Middle School, High School

    Project: 21st Century Elements

    In this project, students will learn the importance of the elements in our lives. The students will research one chosen element and create a website, a digital comic strip, or a video to explain the important properties of the element as well as why the element is so important to our lives.

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