Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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  • Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Chemical Change, Introduction, Physical Change, History, Lab Safety, Measurements, Significant Figures, SI Units, Chemical Properties | High School

    Lesson Plan: Chemistry Basics Unit Plan

    The AACT High School Classroom Resource library and multimedia collection has everything you need to put together a unit plan for your classroom: lessons, activities, labs, projects, videos, simulations, and animations. We searched through our resource library and constructed a unit plan for introducing the basic chemistry concepts to students: Laboratory Safety, Equipment, and Reports, Periodic Table Basics, Physical and Chemical Properties and Changes, Endothermic and Exothermic Changes, and Classification of Matter. These topics are very important for your students to master before they dig into other chemistry concepts. This unit is designed to be used at beginning of the school year.

  • Separating Mixtures, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Distillation | Middle School

    Activity: Distillation in Survival Mode

    In this activity, students will investigate methods for purifying water as they consider a survival based situation that requires clean drinking water. Students will investigate processes such as boiling and distillation, as well as review the phase changes within the water cycle.

  • Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Mixtures, Solute & Solvent | Middle School, Elementary School

    Lab: What Does Ironman Eat for Breakfast?

    In this lab students will compare and contrast mixtures and solutions. They will be tasked with extracting iron from various breakfast cereals. They will then conclude which cereal would be the healthiest for Iron Man to eat for breakfast.

  • Separating Mixtures, Mixtures, Molecular Structure, Solute & Solvent | High School

    Lesson Plan: What Type of Mixture is Paint?

    In this lesson students will use simple laboratory tests to characterize differences between solutions, colloids, and suspensions. They will then apply those tests to paints to classify them as specific types of mixtures.

  • Observations, Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Conservation of Matter | Elementary School

    Activity: How is Chemistry Used in Your Everyday Life?

    In this lesson the students will become familiar with some ways that chemistry is present in their everyday lives. The teacher will read a book and show a short video about how a plastic bottle is made. Following these activities, students will interact with a variety of materials made of plastic, ultimately organizing them according to the recycling code printed on the bottom of each or by physical properties. Finally students will collect data and have an opportunity to construct a graph based on their data.

  • Observations, Separating Mixtures | Elementary School

    Lab: Settle that Soil

    In this lab, students will learn about what properties constitute soil and how it is different than “dirt.” Students will also be able to distinguish the difference between sand, silt, and clay.

  • Observations, Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Introduction, Matter, Mixtures | Elementary School

    Activity: Sandbox

    In this activity the students will separate a mixture and classify objects by their physical properties.

  • Separating Mixtures, Density, Physical Properties, Phase Changes, Interdisciplinary, Culminating Project, Matter | Middle School, Elementary School

    Activity: The Castaway!

    In this activity, students use their knowledge of the properties of matter to create and/or design items needed for survival on a deserted island.

  • Separating Mixtures, Chemical Change, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Exothermic & Endothermic | Elementary School

    Lab: Super Suds

    In this lab, students will investigate an endothermic chemical reaction by combining baking soda, hand soap and citric acid. The students will be tasked with differentiating between chemical and physical changes during this experiment.

  • Observations, Separating Mixtures, Balancing Equations, Percent Yield, Stoichiometry, Limiting Reactant, Mole Concept, Dimensional Analysis, Measurements, Error Analysis, Error Analysis | High School

    Lab: Limiting Reactant Lab

    In this lab, students react copper(II) chloride with aluminum to determine the limiting reactant. They then isolate one product to determine their percent yield.

  • Observations, Separating Mixtures, Solubility, Concentration, Precipitate, Identifying an Unknown, Molarity, Net Ionic Equation, Balancing Equations, Percent Yield, Stoichiometry, Limiting Reactant, Mole Concept, Dimensional Analysis, Graphing | High School

    Lab: White Lab

    In this lab, students use molarity concepts to review limiting reactant concepts mathematically, conceptually, and graphically. They can then carry out a follow up investigation to identify an unknown using concepts learned in the first investigation.

  • Separating Mixtures, Separating Mixtures | Elementary School

    Lab: Investigating Black Ink

    In this lab, students will discover that black ink is a mixture composed of a several different pigments through a chromatography investigation.

  • Observations, Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Chemical Change, Physical Change, Scientific Method, Chemical Properties, Mixtures, Experimental Design | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Test Tube Separation

    In this lab, students will mix four substances in a test tube and recreate the original four layers through chemical and physical means.

  • Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Melting Point, Intermolecular Forces, Phase Changes, Isomers, Distillation, Molecular Structure, Intermolecular Forces, Molecular Structure , Boiling Point, Molecular Geometry, Isomers | High School

    Lesson Plan: Structural Isomers

    In this activity, students will use models to explore structural isomers, and create explanations for the impact of structure on intermolecular forces (London dispersion) and physical properties (boiling point).

  • Observations, Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Interdisciplinary, Scientific Method, Mixtures | Middle School, High School

    Activity: How Do We Clean Up An Oil Spill

    In this activity, students simulate an oil spill and test different materials’ ability to “clean” the oil spill.

  • Separating Mixtures, Mixtures, Solubility, Phase Changes, Physical Change | Middle School

    Lab: A Solution to Your Mix-up

    In this lab, students will perform a step by step process of mixing and separating substances based on their states and solubility in order to solve a problem.

  • Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Physical Change, Scientific Method, Mixtures, Experimental Design, Error Analysis | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Separation of a Mixture

    In this lab, students devise their own method to separate a mixture of sand, salt, poppy seeds, and iron filings.

  • Observations, Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Intermolecular Forces, Polarity, Distillation, Cracking, Balancing Equations, Intermolecular Forces, Boiling Point | High School

    Lesson Plan: Fractional Distillation of Crude Oil

    In this lesson, students will be introduced to simple distillation while expanding their knowledge of intermolecular forces. Once a simple distillation has been accomplished in the lab, students will then research the various products of fractional distillation of crude oil and report on one of those products.

  • Observations, Separating Mixtures, Chemical Change, Conservation of Mass, Lab Safety, Conservation of Matter, Balancing Equations, Percent Yield, Conservation of Mass, Classification of Reactions, Accuracy, Chemical Change, Chemical Properties, Conservation of Matter, Error Analysis | High School

    Lab: Reactions of Copper

    In this lab, students will convert copper metal into different copper compounds and then back to copper to illustrate conservation of matter.

  • Separating Mixtures, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Distillation, Boiling Point, Conservation of Matter, Mixtures | High School

    Lab: Distillation of Common Soft Drinks

    In this lab, students will see the distillation procedure using a common soft drink and a simple equipment setup.

  • Observations, Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Physical Change, Mixtures | High School

    Lab: Distillation

    In this lab, students complete a simple distillation lab separating water from cinnamon and food coloring.

  • Separating Mixtures, Physical Properties, Temperature, Sublimation, Gas Laws, Pressure, Phase Changes, Physical Change, Review, Distillation, Boiling Point, Volume, Mixtures | High School

    Activity: Physical Properties

    In this study game, students will review topics including the scientific method and states of matter.

  • Separating Mixtures, Density, Mixtures, Chemical Change, Intermolecular Forces, Physical Change, Intermolecular Forces | Middle School

    Lab: Clean it Up!

    In this lab, students will consider and utilize various separation techniques to purify and reclaim used motor oil.

  • Separating Mixtures, Mixtures, Interdisciplinary, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Separating Mixtures, Mixtures | Middle School

    Lab: Candy and Leaf Chromatography

    In this lab, students will learn that mixtures are created by the combination of two or more substances. Many colors are actually mixtures of several different pigments. Mixtures can be separated, and in this lab students will perform chromatography to separate mixtures found in candy and in leaves.

  • Separating Mixtures, Mixtures, Physical Change, Physical Change, Phase Changes, Introduction, Interdisciplinary, Distillation, Solute & Solvent, Mixtures | Elementary School

    Lesson Plan: Now I Can Drink the Water!

    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).

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