Classroom Resources: Chemistry Basics


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  • Combustion, Chemical Change, Balancing Equations, Reaction Rate, Conservation of Mass, Conservation of Matter, Stoichiometry, Limiting Reactant, Chemical Change, Conservation of Matter, Conservation of Mass, Graphing, Error Analysis, Accuracy, Observations, Inferences, Interdisciplinary, Reaction Rate, Catalysts, Measurements, Mole Concept | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Clean Air Chemistry

    In this lesson, students will learn about air pollution and some steps toward mitigating it. First, they will burn a candle and measure its mass and the concentration of CO2 over time. Students will discuss which data set they have more confidence in and why and then use stoichiometry to predict outcomes. Next, students explore incomplete combustion in a model-based worksheet that shows how a lack of O2 in the burning of fuels can produce air pollution. Students work together to interpret the models, define terms, and draw conclusions. Lastly, students work in groups using Lego models to illustrate how a catalytic converter works. They race “Nature” against catalysts “Palladium,” “Platinum,” and “Rhodium” to see what breaks down air pollution molecules fastest.

  • Limiting Reactant, Stoichiometry, Balancing Equations, Conservation of Mass, Conservation of Matter, Combustion, Conservation of Mass, Conservation of Matter | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Animation Activity: Limiting Reactant

    In this activity, students will use an animation to visualize on the particulate level what happens in a limiting reactant problem. Assembling a bike is used as an analogy to introduce the concept of limiting reactant, and then the balanced equation of the combustion of methane is used in four quantitative examples to show what it means for a chemical to be a limiting reactant. The concept of the conservation of mass is also demonstrated by calculating masses from the mole quantities of the reactants and products.

  • Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles, Law of Conservation of Energy, Conservation of Mass | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Building a Nuclide

    In this activity, students will construct a model of a nuclide and use this model to investigate why the mass of the nuclide is less than the summative mass of the individual nucleons (protons and neutrons). Additionally, the constructed nuclide will be used to help students conceptualize and differentiate between key lesson terminology (mass defect, strong nuclear force, and nuclear binding energy).

  • Conservation of Mass, Observations, History, Measurements, SI Units | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Lavoisier Video Questions

    In this activity, students will watch a video about Antoine Lavoisier, who many consider to be the father of modern chemistry. They will answer questions as they learn about oxygen, hydrogen, and the first proposal of the Law of the Conservation of Mass.

  • Limiting Reactant, Chemical Change, Conservation of Mass, Stoichiometry, Chemical Change, Observations, Conservation of Mass | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Demonstration: Understanding Limiting Reactants

    In this demonstration, the teacher will perform a series of reactions between acetic acid (vinegar) and varying amounts of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in order to inflate several balloons. Students will observe the reactions and analyze the quantities of reactants used as well as the results in order to understand the concept of limiting reactants.

  • Conservation of Mass, Observations, Inferences, Matter, Error Analysis | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Investigating Mass Change

    In this lab, students perform seven different investigations in order to develop an understanding of conservation of mass.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Photosynthesis, Conservation of Mass, Balancing Equations, Chemical Change, Reversible Reactions, Molecular Formula, Interdisciplinary, Chemical Change, Conservation of Mass | Middle School

    Lesson Plan: The Building Blocks of Photosynthesis

    In this lesson, students will use colored blocks to represent the elements in photosynthesis and illustrate how they are broken down and reassembled to create glucose.

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

    Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

  • Conservation of Matter, Chemical Change, Photosynthesis, Balancing Equations, Reversible Reactions, Molecular Formula, Molecular Structure, Conservation of Mass, Interdisciplinary, Matter, Elements, Monomer | Elementary School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Plant Chemistry

    In this lesson, students will explore a simple, but key, biochemical reaction: photosynthesis.

  • Conservation of Mass, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Observations | High School, Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Conservation of Mass

    In this lab, students perform three simple experiments, recording the mass of a substance before and after a reaction. They then explain how the law of conservation of mass was not violated, even if the mass changed.

  • Conservation of Mass, Matter, Conservation of Matter, Conservation of Matter, Conservation of Mass, Balancing Equations, Chemical Change, Predicting Products, Experimental Design, Chemical Change, Observations | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Matter Matters

    In this lesson, students will investigate the Law of Conservation of Mass.

  • Conservation of Mass, Measurements, Conservation of Mass, Chemical Change, Observations, Physical Change, Chemical Change | High School, Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Mass & Change

    In this lab, students will use unified particle pictures of solid, liquid, and gas to explain the law of conservation of mass after carrying out various experiments.

  • Balancing Equations, Conservation of Mass, Conservation of Matter, Conservation of Matter, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Conservation of Mass, Polyatomic Ions, Precipitate | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Simulation Activity: Balancing Chemical Equations

    In this activity, students will learn how to count atoms and how to balance chemical equations using a simulation and games from PhET Interactive Simulations.

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