Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics
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Conservation of Matter, Chemical Change, Photosynthesis, Balancing Equations, Reversible Reactions, Molecular Formula, Molecular Structure, Conservation of Mass, Interdisciplinary, Matter, Elements, Monomer | Elementary School
In this lesson, students will explore a simple, but key, biochemical reaction: photosynthesis.
Chemical Change, Observations, Inferences, Chemical Change, Interdisciplinary | Elementary School
In this lesson, students will extract DNA from strawberries and analyze evidence to figure out who perpetrated a petty crime.
Density, Observations, Interdisciplinary, Scientific Method | Middle School, Elementary School
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.
Phase Changes, Physical Change, Observations, Temperature | Elementary School, Middle School
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, Mixtures, Density, Physical Properties, Mixtures | Elementary School
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 | Middle School, Elementary School, High School
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.
Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Observations, Interdisciplinary, Acid, Acid Rain | Elementary School
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.
Indicators, Chemical Properties, Observations, Acid Base Reactions | Elementary School
In this lab, students will first determine what colors the cabbage indicator turns in acidic, neutral, and basic solutions.
Polymers, Physical Properties, Introduction, Observations | Elementary School
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.
Mixtures, Physical Properties, Molecular Structure, Mixtures | Elementary School, Middle School, High School
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.
Mixtures, Chemical Change, Physical Change, Observations, Density, Acid Base Reactions, Chemical Change, Mixtures | Elementary School
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.
Physical Change, Chemical Change, Solute & Solvent, Observations, Inferences, Physical Change, Identifying an Unknown | Elementary School
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.
Mixtures, Physical Change, Physical Change, Solute & Solvent, Phase Changes, Distillation, Introduction, Separating Mixtures, Interdisciplinary, Mixtures | Elementary School
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).
Melting Point, Elements, Matter, Density, Chemical Properties, Periodic Table, Inferences | Elementary School
In this lesson, students will make measurements, calculations, and inferences to help solve a mystery about the identity of an unknown metal.
Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Observations, Acid, Chemical Change | Elementary School
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.
Chemical Bond, Molecular Structure, Atoms, Elements, Matter, Interdisciplinary, Naming Compounds | Elementary School
In this lesson, students explore the structure of matter by designing, building, comparing, and evaluating models of a variety of simple molecules.
Physical Properties, Interdisciplinary, Introduction | Elementary School
In this activity, students will investigate the physical properties of magnetism.
Chemical Change, Observations, Acids & Bases, Chemical Change, Mixtures | Elementary School, Middle School, High School
In this demonstration, the teacher will perform a reaction between acetic acid (vinegar) and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in order to inflate a balloon and to introduce the concept of a chemical reaction to students. Students will observe the reaction, and identify indicators of chemical change as well as discuss the different types of matter that are involved.