Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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

    Video: Manganese Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about manganese.

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Video: Gallium Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about gallium.

  • Radioactive Isotopes, History, Subatomic Particles, Model of the Atom, Atomic Theory | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Video: Ernest Rutherford Video

    Rutherford's initial research was studying alpha particles, which he hypothesized were helium nuclei. With the help of Hans Geiger, Rutherford conducted the gold foil experiment, which justifies that the nucleus of an atom is a dense collection of protons and contains the majority of an atom’s mass. It also inferred that most of the atom is empty space and electrons are not located in the nucleus. He won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1908 for his studies on radioactive substances.

  • Atomic Mass, Atomic Theory, Model of the Atom, Subatomic Particles, Periodic Table, History | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Video: Dimitri Mendeleev Video

    This video tells the story of how Dimitri Mendeleev organized the periodic table, even leaving gaps to be filled in with elements that weren't yet discovered.

  • Density, Matter, Physical Properties, Measurements | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Animation: Density Animation

    In this animation, students will visualize density on the particulate level. There are opportunities to make qualitative and quantitative comparisons between substances. **This video has no audio**

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Video: Cadmium Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about cadmium.

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Video: Hydrogen Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about hydrogen.

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Video: Astatine Video

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Video: Acid & Base Guys Video

    This video tells the story of how the definition of acids and bases has evolved from Lavoisier, to Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry, and Lewis.

  • 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

    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).

  • Chemical Change, Strong vs Weak, Salts, Mixture, Acid & Base Theories, Conductivity, Ions | Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Why Drink Gatorade?

    In this lesson, students will test different flavors of Gatorade and other liquids to investigate acids and bases. This will take several days unless students already know about acids and bases.

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

    Activity: What Not to do in the Chemistry Lab

    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.

  • Heat, Temperature, Specific Heat, Observations, Molecular Motion | High School, Middle School

    Activity: What Makes Something Feel Warm

    In this lesson students actively engage in thinking about energy issues in chemistry and the nature of energy (thermal) transfer. The idea that temperature is a measure of heat content will be challenged, and students will be given the opportunity to collect data that will allow them to clearly see that different materials transfer energy at different rates.

  • Temperature, Molecular Motion, Observations, Inferences | High School, Middle School

    Demonstration: What is Temperature?

    In this demonstration, students will observe food dye mixing with water at different temperatures.

  • Freezing Point, Phase Changes, Temperature, Physical Change | Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Lemon Ice

    This activity explores the interaction between salt and water (ice) as a way to further investigate their impact on the state of matter of a substance. Students will use salt and ice to create a slushy lemonade drink without the use of a freezer. They will learn through this hands-on experiment how salt and ice can rapidly cool a liquid.

  • Conservation of Mass, Exothermic & Endothermic, Chemical Change, Heat, Temperature, Observations, Chemical Change | High School, Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Kitchen Reaction

    In this lab students will observe an endothermic chemical reaction involving baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and vinegar (acetic acid). Students will investigate the signs a chemical reaction has occurred (gas production, change in temperature). Students will perform the lab in an open system so they can see the change of mass due to gas production. This lab is a lead into the topic of conservation of mass. After the lab is completed, the teacher should do a demonstration of the exothermic reaction Hydrogen peroxide and potassium iodide.

  • Conservation of Mass, Balancing Equations, Limiting Reactant, Introduction, Conservation of Mass | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Kinesthetic Reactions

    In this lesson students, through their physical movement, will model the law of conservation of mass during a chemical reaction. Students will also explore the concepts of limiting and excess reactants as well as balancing a chemical equation. Through this activity they also develop a means of representing particles at the molecular level.

  • Polarity, Polymers, Molecular Structure, Monomer, Intermolecular Forces, Scientific Method, Chemical Change, Intermolecular Forces | Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Watch the Baby! Superabsorbent Polymer

    In this lesson, students will learn about how polymers, specifically superabsorbent polymers, work. Through lab activities, students will investigate polymer properties.

  • Molecular Formula, Chemical Change | High School, Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Valentine's Day Chemistry

    In this lesson, students learn about the chemistry of love. They see chemical structures of compounds involved in the biological process of love and learn about some of the chemical changes associated with love.

  • Physical Change, Chemical Change, Identifying an Unknown, Acid Base Reactions | Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Is It a Hoax

    In this lab, students will perform tests on the physical and chemical properties of different substances to determine the identity of the unknown.

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