Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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  • Measurements, Dimensional Analysis, Chemical Properties, Physical Properties, Chemical Change, Physical Change, Matter, Observations, Mixtures | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Cupcake Conversions, Bench to Bakery Mark as Favorite (49 Favorites)

    This activity will help to reinforce the importance of scientific measurement and apply it to the introduction of chemical reactions. Using an example of baking a single batch of cupcakes, students will plan for a larger production scale in a commercial bakery. This will help to introduce the idea of producing a reaction at the lab bench and converting it to mass production. In addition this activity investigates how chemistry is used in everyday life and challenges students to consider potentials errors that may occur when completing chemical reactions in the kitchen.

  • Polymers, Interdisciplinary, Culminating Project | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Cleaning-up the Plastic Island Mark as Favorite (19 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will develop an understanding of the chemistry of plastics and apply their knowledge in order to engineer a cost effective and environmentally friendly method to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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

    Video: Video 2: Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Mark as Favorite (10 Favorites)

    Preparation and planning are key to working in the chemistry lab. To be prepared, your students must understand the hazards of any chemicals they will be working with. The place to find that information is the Safety Data Sheet or SDS. The SDS provides detailed information about the properties of a chemical, its hazards, and how to protect yourself from those hazards. Use this video, to guide your students through 16 sections of the SDS for isopropyl alcohol to demonstrate importance of SDS information.

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

    Video: Video 3: How to Dress for the Lab? And what about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)? Mark as Favorite (11 Favorites)

    Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) for short is one of the main ways for you and your students to stay protected from injury in the lab. PPE includes things like goggles, gloves, lab coats or aprons. These are designed to protect eyes, hands and skin, as well as clothing, from exposure to chemicals. PPE is the most obvious way of preventing contact with chemicals--but it is not the first line of defense. Use these video to teach your students that before they put on any PPE, why they should dress properly for lab.

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

    Video: Video 4: Preparing for Emergencies Mark as Favorite (8 Favorites)

    There is an old saying that you should always plan for the best, but prepare for the worst. This is good advice in the lab as well. Use this video to teach your students about two lab emergencies that carry a high risk of injury--spills and fires. The videos describes concrete steps to prevent these emergencies and goes over some of the safety equipment used to deal with them.

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

    Video: Video 5: RAMP (For Students) Mark as Favorite (14 Favorites)

    Use this video to teach your students a simple yet powerful tool for protecting you and your classmates in the lab. The tool is called RAMP. RAMP stands for: Recognize hazards; Assess risks; Minimize risks and Prepare for emergencies.

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

    Video: Video 6: RAMP (For Teachers) Mark as Favorite (5 Favorites)

    As a teacher, there are steps you can take to make sure your students are as safe as possible while exploring and experimenting in the lab. In this video, we discuss some ideas to help you to set up a safe lab experiment. We use RAMP, the acronym for lab safety. RAMP stands for Recognize hazards; Assess risks; Minimize risks and Prepare for emergencies. RAMP is a simple yet powerful tool to help you prepare for and safely carry out any lab activity with your students.

  • Measurements, Dimensional Analysis, Physical Change, Matter, Mixtures | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Cooking with Conversions Mark as Favorite (40 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will be given a common homemade recipe for German chocolate cake with measurements in English units. They will be asked to convert the English ingredients list to metric units through scientific calculations. Students will also be asked to identify the ingredients as solid, liquid or gas. While reviewing the cooking procedures, students will classify certain steps as containing compounds or mixtures as well as identify whether chemical or physical changes are taking place. The culinary chemistry involved in this lesson should be introduced throughout the activity.

  • Lab Safety, Physical Properties, Chemical Properties, History | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Project: Chemical Disasters: Good Chemicals gone Bad! Mark as Favorite (68 Favorites)

    In this project, students will research an industrial chemical accident. They will examine the chemicals involved including uses, hazards, chemical and physical properties. Students will investigate the cause of the accident and its repercussions. As the final product, they will film a 5-minute documentary which will be viewed in class.

  • Periodic Table, Elements | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: The Periodic Table: Put Your Love to the Test! Mark as Favorite (25 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will be challenged to see how familiar they are will the element names on the periodic table. Students will examine a heart-shaped word search, following the rules of the assigned difficulty level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced) in order to identify as many element names as possible.

  • Periodic Table, Elements, History | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: The Disappearing Spoon Reading Questions Mark as Favorite (44 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will read a series of passages from the young readers edition of The Disappearing Spoon that are related to the elements in the AACT video series

  • Periodic Table, Elements, History | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: The Disappearing Spoon Video Questions Mark as Favorite (55 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will watch videos from the AACT original video series, Sam Kean’s Disappearing Spoon. While watching a video, students will answer several questions related to the particular element of focus.

  • Periodic Table, Elements, Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Periodic Table Connect The Dots Mark as Favorite (119 Favorites)

    In this activity, students solve a series of clues about elements in order to uncover a message that has been hidden in the periodic table. Using the clues, students draw lines between identified elements on the table, which then connect to form the message. Two versions of this activity are available, varying the difficulty level of the clues.

  • Density, Identifying an Unknown, Measurements | Elementary School, Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Demonstration: Household Densities Mark as Favorite (5 Favorites)

    In this demonstration, students will make predictions about various household materials and whether or not each will sink or float when placed in water. Data will be collected and then used to calculate the density value of each item. Finally students will analyze the relationship between the density value and the observed outcome, and use their knowledge to identify unknown materials.

  • Periodic Table, Elements | Elementary School, Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Elemental Mix-up Mark as Favorite (13 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will test their knowledge of the periodic table as they attempt to unscramble element names and use select letters to solve a mystery message.

  • Introduction, Interdisciplinary, History, Heat, Renewable Energy, Polymers, Molecular Structure | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: The Frontiers of Chemistry: Video Questions Mark as Favorite (17 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will answer questions while watching a video about several exciting scientific developments, including solar cells, 3D printing and micro machines. This video will help students understand that fundamental chemistry concepts are essential to the advancement of science and technology.

  • Elements, Identifying an Unknown, Atomic Spectra, Emission Spectrum, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Emission Spectrum | Elementary School, Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Elements Are Out of This World Mark as Favorite (6 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will learn about the elements that make up Earth’s atmosphere and lithosphere and then compare and contrast the information with the elements that compose various other astronomical objects.

  • Review, Physical Properties, Density, Periodic Table, Mixtures | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Chemistry Basics: Advanced Crossword Puzzle Mark as Favorite (15 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will complete a crossword puzzle by solving each clue that is related to a fundamental chemistry topic.

  • Review, Matter, Density, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Periodic Table, Elements, Mixtures | Elementary School, Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Chemistry Basics: Crossword Puzzle Mark as Favorite (2 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will complete a crossword puzzle by solving each clue that is related to a basic, yet fundamental chemistry topic.

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: How do Sinkholes Form? Mark as Favorite (40 Favorites)

    In this lab students will learn how acidic groundwater reacts with limestone, causing it to erode. Sinkholes form when eroded limestone underneath the surface of the earth can no longer support the ground above it. Students will test how acid reacts with a variety of rocks and determine which rocks would be best to build a city on top of in order to reduce the chance of sinkholes forming.

  • Dimensional Analysis, Measurements, Review | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Dimensional Analysis Show Down Mark as Favorite (85 Favorites)

    In this activity students will work cooperatively to solve conversion based problems using dimensional analysis. Students are required to independently determine an answer for each question and be able explain their method of solving with their peers. This activity is designed to allow students to work at their own pace, and for students to take on a teaching role by communicating their understanding with their peers.

  • Lab Safety | High School, Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: The Essentials for Survival Mark as Favorite (113 Favorites)

    In this activity, the students will be introduced to and explore different lab equipment, model appropriate group work and class discussions, and practice writing efficient Claim-Evidence-Reasoning reports. This is an introductory activity for use in a general education chemistry class.

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: It's Alive Mark as Favorite (0 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will practice making and recording observations, analyzing data, and identifying chemical change. They will transfer dirt, germs, and bacteria from their hands onto a piece of white bread and observe the changes that occur during the following days. Students will analyze the results, make comparisons between clean and dirty samples of bread and learn about the importance of hand-cleaning.

  • Acid & Base Theories, Strong vs Weak, History | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Acid & Base Guys Video Questions Mark as Favorite (22 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will watch a video about the history of acids and bases. They will learn about the evolution of these theories, from Lavoisier to Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry, and Lewis.

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Lavoisier Video Questions Mark as Favorite (12 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will watch a video about Antoine Lavoisier, who many consider to be the father of modern chemistry. They will answer questions as they learn about oxygen, hydrogen, and the first proposal of the Law of the Conservation of Mass.

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