Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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

    Video: Mercury Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about Mercury.

  • History, Radiation, Half Lives, Radioactive Isotopes | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: Marie Curie Video

    This video tells the story about Marie Curie, including her Nobel Prizes, radiation experiments, and discovery of new elements. Irene Curie is also mentioned.

  • 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.

  • Gas Laws, History, Mole Concept, Measurements, Ideal Gas | High School

    Video: Amedeo Avogadro Video

    This video tells the story of Amedeo Avogadro, the scientist given credit for the mole concept, but who discovered other things in chemistry too.

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

    Video: Aluminum Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about aluminum.

  • 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.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, History, Reduction, Redox Reaction, Oxidation | High School

    Demonstration: Nitric Acid Acts Upon Copper

    In this demonstration, students will hear a story about Ira Remsen and watch a demonstration that recreates her first experiment reacting nitric acid with a copper penny.

  • Interdisciplinary, History, Acid Base Reactions, Acid & Base Theories, Acid Rain, pH | High School

    Project: Acid Base Creative Letter

    In this project, students will compare and contrast the properties of acids and bases and define pH.

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

  • Molecular Formula, History, Covalent Bonding, Molecular Structure, Functional Groups | High School

    Activity: Napoleon's Buttons Writing Assignment

    In this activity, students read Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson’s book Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History. They discuss the book in class and complete a written assignment based on the chemistry and history highlighted in the book.

  • Interdisciplinary, Molecular Formula, History, Empirical Formula | High School

    Activity: Herbal Remedies

    In this activity, students learn how the modern atomic theory evolved. They further their understanding of empirical and molecular formulas through research and a presentation of an herbal remedy.

  • Physical Properties, Molecular Formula, History, Covalent Bonding, Molecular Structure, Chemical Properties | High School

    Activity: Molecule of the Week

    In this activity, students research and present a molecule they find relevant to real life, either in the past or present. They must submit notes to the teacher the day before they present their findings in five to 10 minutes to their chemistry class.

  • Physical Properties, Interdisciplinary, History, Polymers, Molecular Structure, Scientific Method, Experimental Design | High School

    Lesson Plan: Give Your Car Some Bounce

    In this lesson students will learn about polymerization, specifically as it pertains to rubber tires and other materials in a vehicle. Students will take on the role of an engineer, and will investigate physical properties of different polymers and/or elastomers to determine the best material to use for an assigned product.

  • Physical Properties, Elements, History, Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Identifying an Unknown, Valence Electrons, Subatomic Particles, Atomic Radius, Ionic Radius, Ionization Energy, Electron Affinity, Chemical Properties, Electrons, Ions | High School

    Lesson Plan: The Periodic Table Unit Plan

    The AACT high school classroom resource library and multimedia collection has everything you need to put together a unit plan for your classroom: lessons, activities, labs, projects, videos, simulations, and animations. We constructed a unit plan using AACT resources that is designed to teach the Periodic Table to your students.

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