Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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  • Physical Properties, Solubility, Freezing Point, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Solute & Solvent, Freezing Point Depression, Freezing Point | Elementary School

    Lesson Plan: Salting Roads in Winter

    In this lesson, students investigate how the freezing point of water changes when salt is added.

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

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

  • Mixtures, Acid, Interdisciplinary, Acid Rain, Chemical Properties | Elementary 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.

  • Physical Properties, Introduction, Matter, Chemical Properties | Elementary School

    Activity: Properties of Matter

    In this activity, students will focus on the properties of matter and distinguish matter by their physical properties

  • Density, Physical Properties, Melting Point, Freezing Point, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Molecular Motion, Freezing | Elementary School

    Lesson Plan: Pothole Science

    In this lesson, students investigate how the density and therefore the volume, of water changes when it freezes.

  • Electricity, Interdisciplinary, Atoms, Culminating Project, Electrons, Electrons | Middle School, Elementary School

    Activity: Electrical Circuit Quiz Box

    In this activity, students will learn that the flow of electrons within a closed circuit make our lives easier. Students will construct a circuit quiz box that lights up when the correct question and answer are chosen.

  • Physical Properties, Polymers, Scientific Method, Mixtures | Middle School, Elementary School

    Lab: Polymer Investigation

    In this lab, students will follow the procedure for creating a polymer, flubber, which will be similar in consistency to Silly Putty. Students will then design an experiment to test a physical property of the flubber that they have created using the scientific method.

  • Elements, Interdisciplinary, Molecular Formula, Conservation of Mass, Conservation of Matter, Molecular Structure, Balancing Equations, Reversible Reactions, Chemical Change, Matter, Photosynthesis, Monomer | Elementary School

    Lesson Plan: Plant Chemistry

    In this lesson, students will explore a simple, but key, biochemical reaction: photosynthesis.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Inferences, Interdisciplinary, Chemical Change | Elementary School

    Lesson Plan: Strawberry DNA & CSI

    In this lesson, students will extract DNA from strawberries and analyze evidence to figure out who perpetrated a petty crime.

  • Observations, Density, Interdisciplinary, Scientific Method | Elementary School, Middle School

    Lab: Crush's Dilemma

    In this lab, students explore the concept of density. They will examine the density of a plastic sandwich bag compared to water. Students will create their own experiment and investigate factors that affect floating and sinking.

  • Observations, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Temperature | Middle School, Elementary School

    Lab: Condensation

    In this lab, students will explore the process of condensation. Students will investigate how water vapor condenses, and then they will conduct a comparison test to see if cooling water vapor has an effect on the rate of condensation.

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

    Activity: Color-Works in a Jar

    Students will be using three ingredients to create a liquid color-works mixture in a jar. This is a fun chemistry project to do with young elementary students around the 4th of July or New Year’s Eve to get the children excited about fireworks.

  • Observations | High School, Elementary School, Middle School

    Activity: Compare and Contrast

    In this activity, students will use their observation skills to compare and contrast two similar chemistry classroom scenes in order to identify the differences between the two.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Acid, Interdisciplinary, Chemical Change, Acid Rain | Elementary School

    Lab: Chemical Weathering of Rocks

    In this lab, students will explore simulated reactions that contribute to chemical weathering of certain rocks as it appears in nature.  They will compare the effects of two different chemicals as it contacts various rock and mineral samples.

  • Observations, Acid Base Reactions, Indicators, Chemical Properties | Elementary School

    Lab: Can a Cabbage Distinguish an Acid from a Base?

    In this lab, students will first determine what colors the cabbage indicator turns in acidic, neutral, and basic solutions.

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

    Activity: Bouncy Ball

    In this activity, students explore the chemical reaction between borax and glue, creating a polymer ball. The properties of the polymer ball will be analyzed and compared to a store bought bouncy ball.

  • Physical Properties, Mixtures, Molecular Structure, Mixtures | High School, Middle School, Elementary School

    Demonstration: Analyzing Mixtures

    In this demonstration, the teacher will create a sequence of mixtures in a single test tube. Water, oil, food coloring and soap will be used in this demonstration to introduce the concepts of heterogeneous and homogeneous solutions as well as the idea of miscibility. Students will also have the opportunity to analyze the properties, such as surface tension of each component used.

  • Observations, Density, Mixtures, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Physical Change, Acid Base Reactions, Mixtures | Elementary School

    Lab: Analyzing a Lava Lamp

    In this lab, students create a mixture of oil, water and food coloring, and then add an Alka-Seltzer tablet, to create a homemade lava lamp. Student will record their observations during each step of the process and answer follow-up questions about the chemical and physical changes that took place.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Physical Change, Inferences, Physical Change, Identifying an Unknown, Solute & Solvent | Elementary School

    Lesson Plan: Alien Invasion?

    In this lesson, students will explore both physical and chemical changes as they try to help the Department of Homeland Security analyze and identify materials found in a mysterious capsule. Students will examine and observe an unknown object (a frozen water balloon) as it changes (melts). They then mix combinations of everyday substances to observe chemical changes.

  • Separating Mixtures, Mixtures, Physical Change, Physical Change, Phase Changes, Introduction, Interdisciplinary, Distillation, Solute & Solvent, Mixtures | Elementary School

    Lesson Plan: Now I Can Drink the Water!

    In this lesson, students review important concepts of the water cycle and then design, test, and evaluate a working model of a desalination plant (a distiller).

  • 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, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Acid, Chemical Change | Elementary School

    Lab: My Pennies

    In this lab, students will investigate how an acidic, vinegar based solution can help to get “dirty” pennies clean. Students will observe chemical change and investigate real-world connections to this lab.

  • Naming Compounds, Elements, Interdisciplinary, Atoms, Molecular Structure, Matter, Chemical Bond | Elementary School

    Lesson Plan: Modeling Molecules

    In this lesson, students explore the structure of matter by designing, building, comparing, and evaluating models of a variety of simple molecules.

  • Physical Properties, Introduction, Interdisciplinary | Elementary School

    Activity: Magnificent Magnets

    In this activity, students will investigate the physical properties of magnetism.

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