Classroom Resources: Reactions & Stoichiometry


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  • Chemical Change, Predicting Products, Redox Reaction, Electron Transfer, Half Reactions | High School

    Lesson Plan: Polaroid Photography Mark as Favorite (1 Favorite)

    In this lesson, students will learn about redox reactions in film photography by reading an article and engaging in related activities. The activities help promote literacy in the science classroom. Parts of this lesson could be used as plans for a substitute teacher.

  • Classification of Reactions, Balancing Equations | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Chemical Reactions Performance Task Mark as Favorite (1 Favorite)

    In this activity, students work in small teams to evaluate a given scenario. Based on the information provided, students will determine the type of chemical reaction described and write a balanced chemical equation for it. They will also create a particulate level representation to model the chemical reaction and prepare an explanation to explain their reasoning.

  • Classification of Reactions, Balancing Equations | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Partner Work: Classifying and Balancing Chemical Reactions Mark as Favorite (2 Favorites)

    In this activity, students work in pairs to classify and balance chemical reactions. The partners will begin the activity by coaching one another through the initial questions, and then will take turns completing the remaining questions.

  • Redox Reaction, Oxidation, Reduction, Electricity, Reversible Reactions | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Charging Up the Fun with a Rechargeable Battery Mark as Favorite (0 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will learn how oxidation and reduction reactions work in a rechargeable battery. They will then build a simple rechargeable battery and test it to determine the strength of the battery.

  • Balancing Equations, Chemical Change | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Interesting Reactions Video Stations Mark as Favorite (5 Favorites)

    In this activity, students visit stations to learn about a variety of interesting chemical reactions. Using written clues and QR code links to videos, students write chemical formulas and balanced chemical equations for each of the reactions.

  • Law of Conservation of Energy, Heat, Temperature, Combustion, Chemical Change | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Cow Power! Emergency Lesson Mark as Favorite (3 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will learn about energy, renewable energy, greenhouse gases, and chemical reactions through reading the highly rated ChemMatters article, Cow Power. The lesson includes several activities to help promote literacy in the science classroom related to the reading. This lesson could be easily used as an emergency lesson plan for a substitute teacher, as most of the activities are self-guided.

  • Elements, Interdisciplinary, Photosynthesis | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Growing Green on the Red Planet Emergency Lesson Mark as Favorite (2 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will learn about elements, compounds, and chemical reactions through reading the highly rated ChemMatters article, Growing Green on the Red Planet. The lesson includes several activities to help promote literacy in the science classroom related to the reading. This lesson could be easily used as an emergency lesson plan for a substitute teacher, as most of the activities are self-guided.

  • pH, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Reaction Rate | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Cheesy Science Emergency Lesson Mark as Favorite (1 Favorite)

    In this lesson, students will learn about pH, acids, bases, enzymes, and chemical reactions through reading the highly rated ChemMatters article, Cheesy Science. The lesson includes several activities to help promote literacy in the science classroom related to the reading. This lesson could be easily used as an emergency lesson plan for a substitute teacher, as most of the activities are self-guided.

  • Chemical Change, Error Analysis, History, Exothermic & Endothermic, Chemical Change | Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: The Chemistry of Casts Mark as Favorite (3 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will learn about the history of the chemistry involved in creating orthopedic casts. Students will then work in small groups to conduct a hands-on experiment in which they will determine the optimum plaster of Paris to water ratio for model casts.

  • Physical Change, Chemical Change, Observations, Chemical Change, Radioactive Isotopes | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Physical, Chemical and Nuclear Changes Mark as Favorite (43 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will analyze the representation of physical, chemical, and nuclear changes in four ways: submicroscopic (particle diagrams), symbolic (equations), macroscopic (observations), and linguistic (vocabulary words). This self-guided activity is designed to ensure that students internalize fundamental chemistry concepts that will serve as a meaningful basis for future learning about matter and its changes.

  • Solutions, Solubility, Solubility Rules, Concentration, Molarity, Stoichiometry | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: The Gravimetric Analysis of Lead in Contaminated Water Mark as Favorite (25 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will perform a gravimetric analysis of a simulated water sample contaminated with “lead”. Using their knowledge of solubility and chemical reactions they will precipitate the “lead” from the water sample. Then from the data collected, they will calculate the concentration of “lead” in their samples and compare that value to those found in water samples from the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

  • Photosynthesis, Interdisciplinary | Middle School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Algae – The Good, the Bad, and the Tasty Mark as Favorite (0 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will learn about the chemistry of algae, while working in a small group to become an expert on a specific type of algae. Divided into four parts the lesson is designed for students to investigate the process of photosynthesis, learn about the variety of uses for algae as well as products that contain algae, and the harmful effects of algae, such as red tides. As a culminating task, student groups will each complete a short presentation.

  • Chemistry Basics, Interdisciplinary, Photosynthesis | High School

    Activity: Algae Trivia Mark as Favorite (3 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will participate in a trivia game created in support of the 2023 Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) theme, The Curious Chemistry of Amazing Algae. Students will participate individually or as a team to test their knowledge about algae and related chemistry topics.

  • Review, Culminating Project, Stoichiometry | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: The Chemistry Escape Room Remix Mark as Favorite (52 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will apply their chemistry knowledge in order to solve ten clues in an effort to determine a three-digit combination that will open a “lock.” This is ideal for a review activity, as the clues span a plethora of chemistry topics. The solution from each clue will be used to correctly write a chemical reaction and a corresponding stoichiometry calculation. Ultimately, by solving the stoichiometry calculation, the answer will match the numbers in the three-digit combination and open the “lock.”

  • 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 Mark as Favorite (29 Favorites)

    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.

  • Net Ionic Equation, Precipitate, Solubility, Solubility Rules, Balancing Equations | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Animation Activity: Net Ionic Equations Mark as Favorite (10 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will view an animation that explores what happens in a precipitate reaction on the particulate level. They will see why writing a net ionic equation accurately represents what happens in these scenarios. An example of diluting a soluble solid, mixing two aqueous reactants that yield aqueous products, and mixing two aqueous reactants that yield a precipitate are part of this animation.

  • 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 Mark as Favorite (2 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will view an animation that explores what happens in a limiting reactant problem on the particulate level. 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.

  • Temperature, Temperature, Heat, Photosynthesis, Isotopes | High School

    Lesson Plan: Climate Change and the Keeling Curve Mark as Favorite (12 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will learn about climate change through reading about research behind carbon dioxide emissions, which led to the development of the Keeling Curve. Isotopic tracing as well as photosynthesis are briefly touched on. There are a series of activities to help promote literacy in the science classroom related to the reading. This lesson could be easily used as plans for a substitute teacher, as most of the activities are self-guided.

  • Redox Reaction, Oxidation, Reduction, Half Reactions, Reaction Rate, Reaction Rate | High School

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    In this lab, students will investigate oxidation-reduction reactions while creating a complex picture using reactions of copper solutions on aluminum foil. Students will also apply previous knowledge of reaction rate to adjust concentrations, allowing for artistic expression such as shadowing and layering in their artwork.

  • Chemical Change | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Demonstration: Creating Light with Luminol Mark as Favorite (3 Favorites)

    In this demonstration, students will observe a chemical reaction that releases energy in the form of light, demonstrating chemiluminescence.

  • Activity Series, Redox Reaction, Half Reactions, Oxidation, Reduction, Chemical Change, Predicting Products | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: The Corrosion of Iron Mark as Favorite (10 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will investigate the process of corrosion, a redox reaction, by analyzing how iron nails react in varied environments. Students will combine their prior knowledge with research about the reactivity of metals to make predictions in advance of the lab investigation.

  • Precipitate, Solubility, Solubility Rules, Predicting Products | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Investigating Precipitate Formation Mark as Favorite (21 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will learn about lead and the contamination of drinking water. Through collaboration, students will then consider strategies for decontaminating water, and have the opportunity to perform small-scale precipitation reactions as a method of extracting metal ions from a water sample. Finally, students can conduct research and reflect on their experience to propose a possible solution for decontaminating drinking water.

  • Chemical Properties, Physical Properties, Chemical Change, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Culminating Project, Mixtures, Molecular Structure | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Project: Analyze a Family Recipe Mark as Favorite (46 Favorites)

    In this project, students will select a family recipe, or a favorite recipe to investigate. They will analyze several of the ingredients in order learn more about the chemistry of each one, as well as their purpose in the recipe. Additionally, students will examine several ingredient interactions to learn more about the chemistry of cooking.

  • Heat, Temperature, Specific Heat, Law of Conservation of Energy, Enthalpy, Calorimetry, Exothermic & Endothermic, Balancing Equations, Chemical Change, Measurements, Mole Concept, Dimensional Analysis, Culminating Project, Interdisciplinary, Review, Graphing, Observations, Chemical Properties, Physical Properties | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Project: Handwarmer Design Challenge Mark as Favorite (33 Favorites)

    In this project, students will use their knowledge of thermodynamics to design a handwarmer for a manufacturing company that can maintain a temperature of 30-40°C for at least 5 minutes and is designed for the average human hand. Students will create a final product after rounds of testing and an advertising poster that summarizes the results of their testing and promotes their design.

  • Review, Periodic Table, Physical Properties, Subatomic Particles, Electron Configuration, Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding, Naming Compounds, Molecular Geometry, VSEPR Theory, Lewis Structures, Chemical Change, Limiting Reactant, Stoichiometry | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Chemistry Review Escape Room Mark as Favorite (110 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will work collaboratively to apply their chemistry knowledge in order to “escape the room.” They will work to solve four clues that span a plethora of topics ranging from Atomic Structure all the way up to Stoichiometry. These four clues will point them to four chemical reactions to conduct on a small-scale basis that will correspond with a four-digit combination to a lock. This engaging activity is not only fun for all students but also allows for interactive and collaborative review.

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