Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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  • Periodic Table, History, Radioactive Isotopes | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Video: Astatine Video Mark as Favorite (11 Favorites)

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about astatine, the rarest element in the universe.

  • Periodic Table, History, Identifying an Unknown | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Video: Arsenic Video Mark as Favorite (33 Favorites)

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about arsenic, a deadly element that was once referred to as the "Inheritance Powder".

  • Periodic Table, History, Radioactive Isotopes, Alpha/Beta/Gamma Decay | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Video: Helium Video Mark as Favorite (11 Favorites)

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about helium.

  • Periodic Table, History, Physical Change | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Video: Gold Video Mark as Favorite (10 Favorites)

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about gold.

  • Conservation of Mass, History, Observations, Measurements, SI Units | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Video: Antoine Lavoisier Video Mark as Favorite (16 Favorites)

    This video tells the story of Antoine Lavoisier who many consider to be the father or modern chemistry. Lavoisier discovered oxygen and hydrogen and first proposed the Law of Conservation of Mass.

  • History, Physical Properties, Observations, Model of the Atom | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: Ancient Chemistry Video Mark as Favorite (64 Favorites)

    This video traces the history of chemistry from the discovery of fire, through the various metal ages, and finally to the great philosophers.

  • Periodic Table, Elements, Introduction, History, Atoms, Electrons, Subatomic Particles | Middle School, Elementary School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Writing Your Name using Chemical Element Symbols Mark as Favorite (22 Favorites)

    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).

  • Phase Changes, Physical Change, Melting Point, Introduction, Observations | Elementary School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Let's Get Physical About Water Mark as Favorite (0 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will learn about the phase changes of matter. During the course of two days students will perform several short experiments in order to change the state of water and they will record their observations.

  • Lab Safety | High School, Elementary School, Middle School

    Activity: What Not to do in the Chemistry Lab Mark as Favorite (88 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will examine a cartoon of a chaotic chemistry laboratory and note the specific behaviors that are dangerous and unsafe in a chemistry laboratory setting. This activity provides an opportunity for teachers to introduce laboratory safety and best laboratory practices and discuss them with their students.

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: What is Density Mark as Favorite (1 Favorite)

    In this two-part lesson, students will learn about density through a teacher-led demonstration and a hands-on activity. The demonstration will give students the opportunity to observe the formation of a density tower made from common drinks. Students will then create their own density tower using simple ingredients, and then further investigate differences in density when solid objects are added to the tower.

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: To What DEGREE Does it Matter Mark as Favorite (0 Favorites)

    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.

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

    Demonstration: Investigating Gas Density Mark as Favorite (7 Favorites)

    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.

  • Separating Mixtures | Elementary School

    Lab: Investigating Black Ink Mark as Favorite (6 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will discover that black ink is a mixture composed of a several different pigments through a chromatography investigation.

  • Phase Changes, Physical Properties, Molecular Motion, Introduction, Matter | Elementary School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Introducing States of Matter Mark as Favorite (9 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will investigate particle behavior in different forms of matter: solid, liquid and gas. Students will have an opportunity to examine a model of the particles in the different states of matter and will also participate in a kinesthetic demonstration of matter. They will also learn what makes the states of matter different from one another when changing from one form to another.

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Demonstration: The Jumping Flame Mark as Favorite (5 Favorites)

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

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Ice Cube Race Mark as Favorite (1 Favorite)

    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.

  • Physical Properties, Observations, Matter | Elementary School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Sorting Buttons Mark as Favorite (0 Favorites)

    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, Density, Physical Properties, Introduction | Elementary School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Sink or Float Mark as Favorite (0 Favorites)

    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.

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

    Demonstration: Simple Kinetics Mark as Favorite (55 Favorites)

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

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Demonstration: Secret Message Mark as Favorite (3 Favorites)

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

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Salting Roads in Winter Mark as Favorite (2 Favorites)

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

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

    Lab: Salad Dressing Science: Emulsions Mark as Favorite (27 Favorites)

    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.

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

    Demonstration: Fire Extinguisher Mark as Favorite (17 Favorites)

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

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Environmental Problems Mark as Favorite (10 Favorites)

    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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Properties of Matter Mark as Favorite (3 Favorites)

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

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