Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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

    Lab: Classifying Reaction Types

    In this lesson, students will carry out various reactions and classify the reaction types.

  • Observations, Density, Inferences, Measurements | High School

    Lab: Colors of the Rainbow

    In this lab, students will practice density calculations and put their calculations to test by creating their own density column.

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

    Lab: Chemical Reactions & Equations

    In this lesson, students will observe a series of reactions, make observations, and then write balanced chemical equations to chemically describe what they observed.

  • 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, Chemical Change, Interdisciplinary, Physical Change, Reaction Rate, Reaction Rate, Chemical Change | Middle School

    Lab: Chemical Weathering in Geology

    In this lab, students will explore the differences between erosion, weathering and chemical weathering. They will complete a lab experiment that simulates chemical weathering on 4 different types of rocks. They will also learn how to use the Mohs Hardness Test to analyze the results.

  • Observations, Introduction, Inferences, Scientific Method | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Check Activity

    In this activity, students develop a theory based on evidence they collect from (fake) cancelled checks to come up with a story of how they are related.

  • 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, Chemical Change, Physical Change, Reversible Reactions | High School

    Lab: Breath Test

    In this lab, students investigate whether chemical reactions can happen only in one direction, or whether they can be "undone."

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Acid, Interdisciplinary, Physical Change, Chemical Change | Middle School

    Lab: Break It Down!

    In this lab, students will examine the physical and chemical changes that take place within a landfill by composting leftover fruits and vegetables from their lunches. They will also record pH and temperature measurements during the process.

  • 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.

  • Observations, Inferences, Scientific Method | High School, Middle School

    Activity: Black Box

    In this activity, students will experience how scientists carry out a scientific investigation through inquiry.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Inferences, Reduction, Redox Reaction, Classification of Reactions, Chemical Change, Oxidation, Electron Transfer, Electrons, Ions | Middle School

    Lesson Plan: One Tube Reaction

    In this lesson, students will observe a chemical change involving oxidation and reduction.

  • 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.

  • Observations, Scientific Method, Experimental Design, Error Analysis | High School

    Lab: Airplanes

    In this lab, students will design a procedure to test for the intended outcome of a longest flight.

  • Observations, Physical Properties, Chemical Change, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Temperature, Exothermic & Endothermic | High School

    Lab: Observing a Chemical Reaction

    In this lab, students will practice making careful observations and measurements while witnessing a chemical change.

  • Observations, Phase Changes, Combustion, Scientific Method, Experimental Design | High School

    Lab: Observing a Candle

    In this lab, students accumulate observations of a candle including a look at the combustion reaction's reactants and products.

  • Observations, Inferences, Scientific Method | High School

    Demonstration: Observations vs. Inferences

    In this demonstration, students will learn the the difference between observation and inferences.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, History, Reduction, Redox Reaction, Oxidation | High School

    Demonstration: Nitric Acid Acts Upon Copper

    In this demonstration, students will hear a story about Ira Remsen and watch a demonstration that recreates her first experiment reacting nitric acid with a copper penny.

  • 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.

  • Observations, Density, Temperature, Gas Laws, Density, Pressure, Physical Change, Identifying an Unknown, Molar Mass, Ideal Gas, Volume, Error Analysis | High School

    Lab: Molar Mass of Dry Ice

    In this lab, students will use gas laws to calculate the molar mass of dry ice and then use the information to identify the compound that makes up this substance.

  • Observations, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Reaction Rate, Acid Base Reactions, Limiting Reactant, Chemical Change, Indicators, Le Châtelier's Principle | High School

    Demonstration: Milk of Magnesia Magic

    In this demonstration, students will observe a color change in a milk of magnesia solution as vinegar is added.

  • Observations, Physical Properties, Chemical Change, Inferences, Periodic Table, Identifying an Unknown, Chemical Properties, Error Analysis | High School

    Lab: Metal, Non-Metal, or Metalloid

    In this lab, students will classify several samples of elements as metals, nonmetals, or metalloid based on their physical and chemical properties.

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