Classroom Resources: Molecules & Bonding


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  • Naming Compounds, Molecular Formula, Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding, Percent Composition, Lewis structures | High School

    Lesson Plan: Chemical Names and Formulas Unit Plan

    The AACT high school classroom resource library has everything you need to put together a unit plan for your classroom: lessons, activities, labs, projects, videos, simulations, and animations. We constructed a unit plan using AACT resources that is designed to teach Chemical Names and Formulas to your students.

  • Renewable Energy, Introduction, Interdisciplinary, History, Polymers, Molecular Structure, Heat | High School, Middle School

    Activity: The Frontiers of Chemistry: Video Questions

    In this activity, students will answer questions while watching a video about several exciting scientific developments, including solar cells, 3D printing and micro machines. This video will help students understand that fundamental chemistry concepts are essential to the advancement of science and technology.

  • Intermolecular Forces, Polarity, Naming Compounds, Molecular Formula, Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding, Molecular Structure, VSEPR Theory, Molecular Geometry, Resonance, Electronegativity, Metallic Bonding | High School

    Lesson Plan: Chemical Bonding Unit Plan

    The AACT high school classroom resource library has everything you need to put together a unit plan for your classroom: lessons, activities, labs, projects, videos, simulations, and animations. We constructed a unit plan using AACT resources that is designed to teach Chemical Bonding to your students.

  • Molecular Formula, Mole Concept, Dimensional Analysis, Molar Mass | High School

    Activity: Calculating Moles in Daily Life

    In this activity, students will use dimensional analysis to complete calculations and conversions for the number of moles, atoms, and molecules in several everyday household items using collected data.

  • Physical Properties, Intermolecular Forces, Polarity, Physical Change, Molecular Structure, Molecular Structure , Chemical Properties, Molecular Geometry | High School

    Lesson Plan: An Exploration of Intermolecular Forces

    In this lesson students will explore intermolecular forces, and their associated effect on physical and chemical properties. Students will experiment with volatile liquids to investigate their predictions about intermolecular strength.

  • Physical Properties, History, Covalent Bonding, Polymers, Culminating Project, VSEPR Theory, Chemical Properties, Chemical Structure | High School

    Project: The Evolution of Materials Science in Everyday Products

    In this project, students will be able to understand the progression of development of an everyday product and display their knowledge through a creative video. They will investigate the history and chemical composition of the product through the present day. The students will then suggest an innovation about how the product can be altered in the future to improve society.

  • Molecular Structure, Molecular Geometry, Bond Energy | High School

    Activity: Find the Best Bond Angle and Bond Length of Water

    In this activity, students participate in an introductory level computational chemistry investigation. Students will interact with computational software to conduct this activity and will analyze data to determine the best bond angle and bond length of a water molecule.

  • Percent Composition, Law of Definite Proportions | High School

    Lab: Formula of an Unknown Hydrate

    In this lab, students will design a laboratory procedure in order to ultimately determine the formula of an unknown hydrated salt. Students must recognize what data points are necessary to collect during the process, as well as how to analyze the data appropriately.

  • Density, Identifying an Unknown, Mole Concept, Dimensional Analysis, Measurements, Molar Mass | High School

    Lab: Chemistry Composition Challenge

    In this inquiry based lab, students will design a method to solve three chemistry problems involving moles, molecules, and density.

  • Electricity, Polymers, Molecular Structure, Heat, Temperature, Molecular Geometry, Electronegativity | High School, Middle School

    Video: The Future of Paint Video

    This video explores the fascinating and innovative scientific advancements of paint. Students will learn how the molecular components in paint are helping to evolve in the world around them. Futuristic paint is capable of replacing light switches, conducting electricity, and regulating temperature amongst other things!

  • Intermolecular Forces, Physical Change, Intermolecular Forces | High School

    Demonstration: Intermolecular Forces & Physical Properties

    In this demonstration, students observe and compare the properties of surface tension, beading, evaporation, and miscibility for water and acetone.

  • Polyatomic Ions, Naming Compounds, Ionic Bonding | High School

    Activity: Introduction to Naming and Formula Writing for Ionic Compounds

    In this activity, students will be introduced to ionic compound formulas and names. They will group prepared cut-outs to note similarities and differences among different classes of ionic compounds (i.e. binary and ternary, including metals with varying charges). The goal is not to be equipped to write names and formulas for ionic compounds, but to recognize trends in naming.

  • Polarity, Covalent Bonding, VSEPR Theory, Valence Electrons, Atomic Radius, Electronegativity, Lewis structures | High School

    Project: Molecular Modeling

    In this project, students will research a molecule selected from the teacher approved list, construct a three-dimensional model of the molecule, and present their research to the class in a 7-10 minute oral presentation.

  • Catalysts, Activation Energy, Molecular Geometry, Resonance, Order of Reaction , Lewis structures, Activation Energy, Energy Diagrams | High School

    Lesson Plan: The Downside to Catalysts - An Exploration of CFC's on the Ozone Layer

    In this lesson students will make observations of a colorful homogenous catalyst and intermediate in a reaction demonstration that will spark their interests. They will then work in teams to analyze graphs and data sets in order to make a real-world connection to AP topics in kinetics such as catalysts, intermediates and reaction mechanisms by exploring how CFCs work to break down the ozone layer. Students will also investigate and discuss this environmental issue.

  • Intermolecular Forces, Polarity, Molecular Geometry | High School

    Lesson Plan: The Great Race: A Study of van der Waals Forces

    In this lesson students will investigate intermolecular attractive forces, van der Waals forces. They will construct models of specified molecules and use the models to identify the van der Waals forces that exist between molecules of each substance (London dispersion forces, dipole-dipole forces and hydrogen bonds). Then, using manometers, teams will perform a series of races to determine which substance has the stronger van der Waals forces.

  • Polyatomic Ions, Naming Compounds, Molecular Formula, Ionic Bonding | High School, Middle School

    Lesson Plan: What's in a Name? What's in a Glaze?

    In this lesson students will learn about some of the chemical compounds involved in the art of pottery by practicing naming and writing formulas for ionic compounds commonly found in components of glazes for ceramics.

  • Molecular Structure, VSEPR Theory, Molecular Geometry | High School

    Activity: VSEPR Modeling

    In this activity, students construct physical models of molecular shapes. However, students are not told what the preferred arrangements of electron pair domains are. Instead, they derive the arrangements. Students are given the opportunity to conceptualize what is happening when one electron pair domain acts upon another, and to understand how those interactions result in the molecular geometries predicted by VSEPR theory.

  • 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.

  • Intermolecular Forces, Molecular Structure, Reduction, Redox Reaction, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Law of Conservation of Energy, Oxidation, Half Reactions, Oxidation Number | High School

    Lesson Plan: Fading Away

    In this lesson students will explore photodegradation of color. First, students will view how fading of paint has affected Van Gogh’s great works of art and the efforts that are being taken to conserve these works. While exploring, students will actively engage in research to relate the fading process to redox reactions, X-Ray diffraction, solute-solvent interactions, and light/energy calculations. Students will then act as an Engineering Task Force and brainstorm to identify how photodegradation affects modern day objects and plan how to address their fading in an effort to market to the airliner Jetstar

  • Mixtures, Molecular Structure, Electromagnetic Spectrum | High School, Middle School

    Video: What are Pigments? Video

    This video discusses the chemistry of pigment molecules and how they are used to give paints their specific color. Students will learn about the importance of a pigment’s molecular structure, how they are physically suspended to create a paint color, as well as how they interact with light.

  • Mixtures, Intermolecular Forces, Molecular Formula, Polymers, Molecular Structure, Solute & Solvent, Intermolecular Forces, Electromagnetic Spectrum | High School, Middle School

    Video: What is Paint? Video

    This video investigates the composition of paint, while analyzing the fundamental chemistry principles of its main components. Students will learn about the differences between three common paint types, water colors, oil-based and acrylic paint as well as the chemistry of each.

  • 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.

  • Electricity, Electrostatic Forces, Metallic Bonding, Electrons | High School

    Demonstration: Metallic Bonding & Magnetics

    In this demonstration students will observe how electrons flow through a metal in an example of metallic bonding. Using tubes made of different metal materials as well as one made of plastic, in combination with a rare earth magnet (neodymium magnet) the teacher will demonstrate how electrons will flow freely through a metal and create a magnetic field.

  • Molecular Formula, Balancing Equations, Conservation of Mass | High School, Middle School

    Lesson Plan: Counting Atoms & Balancing Equations

    In this lesson, students will learn how to count atoms and how to balance chemical equations using videos, simulations and games.

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