Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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  • Mixtures, Concentration, Interdisciplinary, Measurements, Scientific Method | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Effect of Salt Concentration on Plants

    In this lab, students will observe how salt concentration can affect the structure of a potato tuber.

  • Introduction, Interdisciplinary, Naming Compounds, Molecular Structure, Molecular Formula, Chemical Bond, Molecular Structure | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Modeling Carbohydrates

    In this activity, students will identify that organic compounds contain carbon and other elements such as hydrogen and oxygen. They will investigate the structure of different organic and inorganic compounds and model several molecules, including a carbohydrate molecule. They will use their models to help understand how larger molecules are broken down into smaller molecules.

  • Phase Changes, Interdisciplinary, Culminating Project, Chemical Change, Conservation of Mass, Chemical Change | Middle School, High School

    Project: Law of Conservation of Mass Comic Strip

    In this project, students will work in groups to create a comic strip that illustrates understanding of the law of conservation of mass.

  • Atomic Spectra, Interdisciplinary, Identifying an Unknown, Emission Spectrum, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Emission Spectrum | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Spectral Detective

    In this lab, students will use a spectroscope to view the atomic spectra of various unknown elements. Using their collected data in combination with known atomic spectra, they will identify the chemical elements.

  • History, Renewable Energy, Interdisciplinary, Culminating Project | High School

    Activity: Understanding Renewable Energy

    In this project, students will conduct research in order to become an “expert” on a specific type of renewable energy source. Students will produce a media presentation and a poster board as well as participate in a symposium focused on renewable energy sources.

  • Interdisciplinary | High School

    Activity: Forensic Chemistry Crossword

    In this activity, students are challenged to solve forensic chemistry themed clues in order to complete a crossword puzzle.

  • Introduction, Interdisciplinary, Scientific Method | High School

    Activity: Write the Methods Section

    In this activity, students will learn how to write and think like a scientist when they complete their lab write ups.

  • Observations, Physical Properties, Mixtures, History, Interdisciplinary, 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.

  • 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.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Interdisciplinary, Classification of Reactions, Chemical Change, Acid Rain, Acid Base Reactions, pH | High School

    Activity: Investigating Acid Rain

    In this activity, students will investigate the chemistry of acid rain through web based research. Students will also have the opportunity to observe the reaction between a common acid and a material in a week long simulation and relate their findings to the effects of acid rain.

  • Density, Gas Laws, Density, Pressure, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Temperature, Sublimation, Interdisciplinary, Mole Concept, Dimensional Analysis, Measurements, Ideal Gas, Volume | High School

    Demonstration: Ideal Gas Law using Carbon Dioxide

    In this demonstration, students observe dry ice sublime while the CO2 gas fills a balloon. They then calculate the moles and volume of CO2 produced.

  • Interdisciplinary, Molecular Structure, Scientific Method | Middle School

    Lesson Plan: The Effect of Different Foods on Mealworms

    In this lesson, students will look at the chemistry of the molecules of carbohydrates, fats, and lipids, and they will use this information to determine a diet for their mealworm and will collect information about the mealworm to test a hypothesis.

  • Concentration, Interdisciplinary, Review, Identifying an Unknown, Culminating Project, Molarity, Balancing Equations, Stoichiometry, Classification of Reactions, Scientific Method, Experimental Design | High School

    Lab: The Culminating Unknown

    In this lab, students identify an unknown from a list of 12 possible compounds by designing a procedure and using evidence to prove their claim. They must draw from knowledge gained throughout the year to properly develop a procedure to identify the unknown.

  • 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.

  • Introduction, Interdisciplinary | High School

    Lesson Plan: How To Write a Formal Lab

    In this lesson, students learn how to put the parts of a formal lab write up together.

  • History, Interdisciplinary | High School

    Activity: Sustainablility

    In this activity, students are introduced to the idea of sustainability by building a vocabulary that they will use and develop through the unit. The subsequent unit focuses on water sustainability, specifically.

  • Observations, Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Interdisciplinary, Scientific Method, Mixtures | Middle School, High School

    Activity: How Do We Clean Up An Oil Spill

    In this activity, students simulate an oil spill and test different materials’ ability to “clean” the oil spill.

  • History, Interdisciplinary, Molecular Formula, 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.

  • 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.

  • Observations, Density, Physical Properties, Interdisciplinary, Measurements, Graphing, Error Analysis, Error Analysis | High School

    Lab: Graphing Density

    In this lab, students will collect data and then use graphing to determine the density values of unknown metal samples.

  • Physical Properties, History, Interdisciplinary, 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.

  • History, Model of the Atom, Interdisciplinary, 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.

  • Interdisciplinary, Culminating Project, Balancing Equations, Combustion, Stoichiometry, Heat of Combustion, Dimensional Analysis | High School

    Lesson Plan: Redesigning a Car for the Environment

    Chemland’s city public transportation board has requested the class to help them determine the direction the city should move towards in reducing the carbon footprint. Students will be divided into groups and will come up with proposals of how to reduce the carbon footprint from carbon dioxide released from vehicles. The groups will represent different ways to reduce the carbon footprint via an alternative fuel source or a new technology. They will debate their findings to determine the direction that the city council should move towards to reduce the carbon footprint.

  • Introduction, Interdisciplinary, Scientific Method, Experimental Design | High School

    Activity: Experimental Design using Science and Engineering Practices

    In this activity, students will read a short story about an experiment that was conducted about an everyday question. Then the student will decide if and how the experimenter followed the scientific method. Then they will consider their own everyday questions and propose a way to answer them experimentally.

  • Mixtures, Acid, Interdisciplinary, Acid Rain, Chemical Properties | Elementary School, Middle School

    Lesson Plan: Environmental Problems

    In this lesson, students are presented with an environmental problem to solve using important concepts of chemistry, which involves a lake with deteriorating water quality.

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