Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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  • 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.

  • 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, Physical Properties, Introduction, Elements, History, Periodic Table, Chemical Properties | High School

    Lesson Plan: What is Chemistry?

    In this lesson, students watch a video narrated by Bill Nye, and then complete a SOMA cube to enhance their perspective in the process of discovery.

  • Periodic Table | High School

    Activity: Trends of the Periodic Table

    In this activity, students will assemble a fictitious periodic table based on clues about the structure of the real periodic table.

  • 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.

  • Naming Compounds, Molecular Formula, Periodic Table, Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding, Valence Electrons, Subatomic Particles, Lewis Dot Diagrams, Molecular Geometry, Ions, Lewis Structures | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Simulation Activity: Ionic and Covalent Bonding

    In this simulation, students investigate both ionic and covalent bonding. Students will have the opportunity to interact with many possible combinations of atoms and will be tasked with determining the type of bond and the number of atom needed to form each. The simulation visually differentiates between the transferring of electrons when forming an ionic compound and the sharing of electrons when forming a covalent compound so that students can have a complete understanding of each. Finally, students will become familiar with the molecular formula, as well as the naming system for each type of bond and geometric shape, when applicable.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Periodic Table, Atomic Radius, Ionization Energy, Electron Affinity | 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.

  • Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Valence Electrons, Subatomic Particles, Atomic Radius, Ionic Radius, Electron Affinity, Electrons, Ions | 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.

  • Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Valence Electrons, Subatomic Particles, Atomic Radius, Ionic Radius, Ionization Energy, Electrons, Ions | 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.

  • Observations, Physical Properties, Elements, Periodic Table, Identifying an Unknown, Matter, Chemical Properties | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Periodic Table Trends

    In this lesson, students will investigate trends of the periodic table.

  • Introduction, Elements, Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, 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.

  • Molecular Formula, Periodic Table, Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding | High School

    Activity: Bondy (Rummy)

    In this activity, students play a game in which they use element cards to form compounds.

  • Elements, Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Atomic Mass, Electrons | Middle School

    Activity: Augmented Reality and the Atomic Model

    In this project, students will first work with a partner to select a common element from the periodic table to research. They will create a video using iPods to present their research and they will access the Aurasma app on iPods to upload their video. Students will create a trigger image using a picture of the element from the periodic table. Secondly, the students will use the Aurasma App to scan a different element’s trigger image and will use information from another group’s video to construct a model that replicates the atomic structure for the selected element.

  • Introduction, Periodic Table, Identifying an Unknown | High School

    Activity: Aliens Activity

    In this activity, students organize alien cards into groups and periods following trends, similar to how the periodic table is put together.

  • Density, Melting Point, Inferences, Elements, Periodic Table, Matter, Chemical Properties | Elementary School

    Lesson Plan: Mystery Metals

    In this lesson, students will make measurements, calculations, and inferences to help solve a mystery about the identity of an unknown metal.

  • Observations, Physical Properties, Chemical Change, Inferences, Periodic Table, Identifying an Unknown, Chemical Properties, Error Analysis | High School

    Lab: Metal, Non-Metal, or Metalloid

    In this lab, students will classify several samples of elements as metals, nonmetals, or metalloid based on their physical and chemical properties.

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