Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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  • Chemical Change, Molecular Formula | Middle School, High School

    Lesson Plan: Valentine's Day Chemistry

    In this lesson, students learn about the chemistry of love. They see chemical structures of compounds involved in the biological process of love and learn about some of the chemical changes associated with love.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Balancing Equations, Classification of Reactions, Chemical Change | High School

    Lab: It's Time to React

    In this lab, students will conduct four chemical reactions and analyze each for indicators of a chemical reaction. Based on their observations students will write a balanced chemical equation for each reaction as well as identify the reaction type for each reaction.

  • Physical Change, Identifying an Unknown, Chemical Change, Acid Base Reactions | Middle School

    Lab: Is It a Hoax

    In this lab, students will perform tests on the physical and chemical properties of different substances to determine the identity of the unknown.

  • Solubility, Precipitate, Chemical Change, Net Ionic Equation, Balancing Equations, Chemical Change, Solubility Rules | High School

    Lab: Ions in Aqueous Solution Presentation

    In this lab, students will mix ionic solutions to determine what combinations form precipitates.

  • Observations, Reaction Rate, Chemical Change, Reaction Rate, Catalysts, Chemical Change | Elementary School

    Lab: To What DEGREE Does it Matter

    In this lab the students will explore how factors such as temperature may influence chemical reactions. Students will use citric acid and sodium bicarbonate (Alka-Seltzer) and a catalyst (water) to induce a reaction at varying degrees. Observations will be made of the rate at which the reactions take place under these varying conditions. The students will make predictions of how the temperature of the water will affect the chemical reaction. They will use a stop watch to time the reaction between the Alka-Seltzer and the varying temperatures of water and graph their observations for analysis, they will compare data to deduce whether temperature has any influence during a chemical reaction.

  • Observations, Density, Density, Chemical Change, Combustion, Chemical Change | Elementary School, Middle School

    Demonstration: Investigating Gas Density

    In this demonstration, students will observe a reaction between baking soda and vinegar in the presence of a burning candle. The initial environment has plenty of oxygen present in order to sustain the candle’s flame; however the reaction will produce carbon dioxide which will cause the lit candle to extinguish. Students will analyze the outcome and compare the presence of the gases in the container and make determinations about the densities of each.

  • 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, Inferences, Chemical Change, Stoichiometry, Conservation of Mass, Limiting Reactant, Chemical Change, Exothermic & Endothermic | High School

    Demonstration: Introducing Limiting Reactants

    In this demonstration, the teacher will perform a series of reactions between acetic acid--vinegar-- and varying amounts of sodium bicarbonate --baking soda--in order to inflate several Ziploc bags. Students will observe the reactions and analyze the quantities of reactants used as well as the results in order to understand the concept of limiting reactants. Students will also determine if the reaction is an endothermic or exothermic process based on their observations.

  • Observations, Density, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Balancing Equations, Chemical Change, Physical Change, Mixtures | High School

    Lab: The Lovely Lava Lamp

    In this lab, students add food coloring to a mixture of oil and water and record their observations. They then add an Alka-Seltzer tablet, record their observations and answer a series of questions about the chemical and physical changes that took place.

  • Density, Gas Laws, Density, Pressure, Temperature, Chemical Change, Balancing Equations, Stoichiometry, Chemical Change, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Dimensional Analysis, Ideal Gas, Volume, Graphing | High School

    Lesson Plan: The Gas Laws 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 Gas Laws to your students.

  • 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.

  • Observations, Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Scientific Method, Chemical Properties, Mixtures, Experimental Design | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Test Tube Separation

    In this lab, students will mix four substances in a test tube and recreate the original four layers through chemical and physical means.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Redox Reaction, Scientific Method, Electron Transfer, Experimental Design | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Test Tube Geology

    In this lab, students will observe a reaction between an iron nail and copper(II) sulfate in a test tube over the course of several days, modeling how a similar reaction occurs to form copper deposits in the earth. Students will also modify the procedures to evaluate how changing a factor of their choice affects the results of the test tube reaction, introducing them to concepts of experimental design. It also introduces students to my version of the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH).

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Catalysts, Balancing Equations, Combustion, Classification of Reactions, Chemical Change, Acid Base Reactions | Middle School, High School

    Demonstration: Stop & Go Gases

    In this demonstration, students will witness the ability of carbon dioxide to extinguish a flame and oxygen to feed a flame. They will also be introduced to the concept of catalysts. This demonstration could also be used as an opportunity to practice writing and balancing equations and classifying chemical reactions.

  • Solubility, Solute & Solvent, Chemical Change, Chemical Bond | Middle School

    Lab: A Sticky Situation

    In this lab, students will try to separate plastic spoons that have been attached together with different adhesive materials using a variety of solvents.

  • 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, Lab Safety, Chemical Change, Combustion | High School

    Demonstration: Fish Tank Carbon Dioxide

    In this demonstration, students watch as a reaction between baking soda and vinegar produces carbon dioxide, which then causes lit candles to extinguish.

  • Density, Density, Chemical Change, Chemical Change | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Demonstration: Fire Extinguisher

    In this demonstration, students will observe a chemical reaction, and see how the product can be used to extinguish a fire.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Balancing Equations, Classification of Reactions, Chemical Change | High School

    Lab: Recycling Copper: Understanding Chemical Reactions

    In this lab, students will demonstrate their understanding of writing, balancing, translating, and identifying types of chemical reactions. While doing so, they will learn about the process of recycling copper.

  • Observations, Separating Mixtures, Conservation of Matter, Conservation of Mass, Lab Safety, Chemical Change, Balancing Equations, Percent Yield, Conservation of Mass, Classification of Reactions, Chemical Change, Accuracy, Chemical Properties, Conservation of Matter, Error Analysis | High School

    Lab: Reactions of Copper

    In this lab, students will convert copper metal into different copper compounds and then back to copper to illustrate conservation of matter.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Reaction Rate, Scientific Method, Experimental Design | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Reaction Rate

    In this lab, students will explore factors that effect reaction rate and develop a general statement that describes how the factors (temperature, particle size, and concentration) effect the rate based on experimental data. This is an inquiry-based activity.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Reduction, Activity Series, Redox Reaction, Galvanic Cells, Oxidation, Half Reactions, Electron Transfer, Electrons | High School

    Lesson Plan: Exploring Automotive Corrosion

    In this lesson students will investigate the galvanic corrosion that can occur when different metals come in contact with each other in modern cars.

  • Observations, Density, Chemical Change, Balancing Equations, Classification of Reactions, Chemical Change | High School

    Demonstration: Preparation of Hydrogen

    In this demo, students witness a single displacement reaction between zinc and sulfuric acid that produces hydrogen gas. The gas is collected via water displacement and ignited.

  • Precipitate, Chemical Change, Reactions & Stoichiometry, Balancing Equations, Chemical Change, Solubility Rules | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Predicting Precipitates

    In this lab, students use solubility rules to predict which chemical reactions will produce precipitates.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Chemical Change | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Corrosion in Motion

    In this lab, students will expose metal samples to various solutions and observe the amount of corrosion of a period of time.

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