Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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  • Observations, Naming Compounds | High School

    Activity: Ionic Compound Identification

    In this activity, students will practice naming and writing formulas of ionic compounds by looking at examples.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Observations, Phase Changes, Combustion, Chemical Change | Elementary School, Middle School

    Demonstration: The Jumping Flame

    In this demonstration, students will observe that the vapor of an extinguished candle flame is ignitable.

  • Observations, Physical Properties, Melting Point, Phase Changes, Scientific Method | Elementary School

    Lab: Ice Cube Race

    In this lab, students will investigate what factors can influence the change in state of matter from a solid to a liquid. They will have the opportunity to make a hypothesis and participate in the design and completion of an experiment.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Observations, Physical Properties, Matter | Elementary School

    Activity: Sorting Buttons

    In this lab, students will investigate observable properties of matter. Students will use their knowledge of physical properties to create and separate mixtures of assorted buttons based on the characteristics of color, shape and number of holes.

  • Observations, Physical Properties, Mixtures, Solubility, Identifying an Unknown, Intermolecular Forces, Polarity, Intermolecular Forces, Chemical Properties, Mixtures, Intramolecular Forces | High School

    Lab: Solubility & Compound Type

    In this lesson, students determine whether unknown substances are polar, nonpolar, or ionic by testing their solubilities.

  • Observations, Density, Physical Properties, Introduction | Elementary School

    Activity: Sink or Float

    In this activity, students investigate whether certain materials will sink or float in water. Students will also explore how the shape of an object can affect its volume and density.

  • Observations, Reaction Rate, Reaction Rate, Chemical Change | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Demonstration: Simple Kinetics

    In this demonstration, students will see that different food dyes react with bleach at different rates.

  • Observations, Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Distillation, Intermolecular Forces, Polarity, Cracking, Balancing Equations, Intermolecular Forces, Boiling Point | High School

    Lesson Plan: Fractional Distillation of Crude Oil

    In this lesson, students will be introduced to simple distillation while expanding their knowledge of intermolecular forces. Once a simple distillation has been accomplished in the lab, students will then research the various products of fractional distillation of crude oil and report on one of those products.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Indicators, Acid Base Reactions | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Demonstration: Secret Message

    In this lesson, students will observe a hidden message while understanding simple acid/base chemistry and indicators.

  • Observations, Inferences, Atomic Spectra, Emission Spectrum, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Activity Series, Emission Spectrum, Ions | High School

    Lab: Flame Test: Going Further

    In this lab, students will investigate the colors produced when several mixtures of metallic ions are placed in a flame.

  • 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.

  • Observations, Physical Properties, Mixtures, Intermolecular Forces, Polarity, Intermolecular Forces, Mixtures | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Lab: Salad Dressing Science: Emulsions

    In this lab, students mix polar and nonpolar substances and then add various emulsifiers to encourage the mixing of the two substances. They use ingredients in salad dressing to relate science to real life scenarios.

  • 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.

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