Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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

    Activity: Chemistry Basics: Advanced Crossword Puzzle

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

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

    Activity: Mendeleev Video Questions

    In this activity, students will watch a video and answer questions about Dimitri Mendeleev. They will learn about his contribution to chemistry, including his organization of the periodic table and awareness to leave gaps for elements that weren’t yet discovered.

  • Physical Properties, History, Periodic Table, Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles, Chemical Properties | High School, Middle School, Elementary School

    Activity: History of the Periodic Table Video Questions

    In this activity, students will answer questions while watching a video about how the periodic table was developed and learn about those who contributed to it.

  • Elements, History, Periodic Table, Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding, Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles | High School, Middle School

    Project: Exploring Elements

    In this project, students will select an element and then use Ptable.com to explore aspects of the element including its periodicity, electron configuration, history, and uses in industry.

  • Polarity, Periodic Table, Molecular Structure, VSEPR Theory, Electronegativity | High School

    Activity: Making Connections between Electronegativity, Molecular Shape, and Polarity

    In this activity, students will find the electronegativity values of a variety of elements, draw the Lewis structures of select molecules that are made with those elements, and identify the molecular shape of each molecule. Students will then be asked to determine if the molecules are polar or nonpolar based on the electronegativity values of the atoms and the molecular shape. Students will use Ptable.com to find information about atoms and molecules and connect what they find to observable properties.

  • Elements, Periodic Table | High School, Middle School

    Activity: Periodic Table of Mistakes

    In this activity, students will examine a periodic table that contains 25 mistakes. Students will be tasked with comparing the Periodic Table of Mistakes to a real periodic table in order to determine what mistakes are present. This activity provides an opportunity for students to become more familiar with the periodic table, including element names, symbols and placement, as well as trends in atomic mass.

  • Periodic Table, Electron Configuration, Valence Electrons, Electrons | High School

    Lesson Plan: Electron Configuration and the Periodic Table

    In this lesson, students will learn how the periodic table can be used to predict the electron configuration of an atom and, thus, better predict the reactivity of an atom.

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

    Video: Aluminum Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about aluminum.

  • Periodic Table, Model of the Atom | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Sweet Model of the Atom

    In this lesson, students will use different candies to represent electrons, protons, and neutrons to gain a better understanding of atoms, ions, and isotopes.

  • Periodic Table | High School

    Activity: Planet P-10

    In this activity, students will create a periodic table using orbital rules from a planet called P-10 and identify periodic trends and bonding rules.

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

    Video: Silicon Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about silicon.

  • Periodic Table, Model of the Atom, Subatomic Particles, Atomic Radius, Ionic Radius, Electrons | High School, Middle School, Elementary School

    Animation: Atomic & Ionic Radii Animation

    In this animation, students will have an opportunity to visualize atomic and ionic radii. They will look at the different sizes of atoms in the third period and the atoms in the sixth group. They will also look at an atom and its cation as well as an atom and its anion.

  • History, Periodic Table, Molecular Structure, Molecular Structure , Molecular Geometry | High School, Middle School, Elementary School

    Video: Phosphorous Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells the story of how phosphorus was at the center of the race to discover the structure of DNA.

  • Periodic Table, Model of the Atom, Quantum Numbers, Electron Configuration, Subatomic Particles, Electrons | High School

    Animation: Orbitals Animation

    In this animation, students will visualize how orbitals are superimposed upon one another within an atom, in three dimensions. The orbitals depicted in this animation are 1s, 2s, 2p, 3s, 3p, 4s, and 3d. **This video has no audio**

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

    Video: Mercury Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about Mercury.

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

    Video: Manganese Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about manganese.

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

    Video: Gallium Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about gallium.

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

    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.

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

    Video: Cadmium Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about cadmium.

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

    Video: Hydrogen Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about hydrogen.

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

    Video: Astatine Video

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

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

    Video: Helium Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about helium.

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

    Video: Arsenic Video

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

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

    Video: Gold Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about gold.

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

    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).

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