Classroom Resources: Reactions & Stoichiometry


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  • Molecular Structure, Intermolecular Forces, Polarity, Molecular Structure , Combustion | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Ingenious: Making Shipping Greener with Hairy Ships Video Questions Mark as Favorite (3 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will answer questions while watching the video, Making Shipping Greener with Hairy Ships, from the Ingenious series produced by the American Chemical Society. Each episode investigates a different topic related to how leading-edge chemistry is taking on the world’s most urgent issues to advance everyone’s quality of life and secure our shared future. This episode investigates the “fouling” of boats (when aquatic animals like barnacles and tubeworms attach to hulls), and the impact it has on fuel efficiency. Since fouling is a significant contributor to the carbon footprint, this video highlights how scientists were inspired by unique aquatic plants to develop a stick-on silicone coating for ships that prevents animal hitchhikers from getting a foothold.

  • Solubility Rules, Solubility, Ionic Bonding, Predicting Products | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Solubility Rules Dice Game Mark as Favorite (35 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will use ion dice to form a number of different ionic compounds. Based on the resulting ionic compound, they will use a solubility chart to determine if it is soluble or insoluble. This game will allow students to become more familiar with ionic compounds and solubility rules.

  • Identifying an Unknown, Experimental Design, Scientific Method, Chemical Change, Net Ionic Equation, Precipitate, Solubility, Solubility Rules, Balancing Equations, Predicting Products, Chemical Change | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Mislabeled Mess! Mark as Favorite (27 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will identify 3 unknown acids by using the solubility rules. They will be given a list of materials and will design their own procedures for identifying the unknowns. For each combination of reactants, they will predict whether a product forms and, if it does, write complete and net ionic equations for those reactions.

  • Reaction Rate, Concentration, Reaction Rate | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: How Fast Can We Remove Tough Stains? Mark as Favorite (45 Favorites)

    In this lab, students explore how temperature and concentration can affect reaction rate. Using various mixtures of OxiClean solutions, blue food coloring, and water students conduct several tests and draw conclusions based on their results.

  • Solubility, Conductivity, Concentration, Equilibrium Constants, Stoichiometry | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Experimental Determination of the Solubility Product Constant for Calcium Hydroxide Mark as Favorite (12 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will predict and measure the relationship between the conductivity of a solution of calcium hydroxide and the mass of substance added to it. From the relationship, students will determine solubility and Ksp of calcium hydroxide. Ksp will be calculated using the molar concentration of ions in the solution and the equilibrium expression for the dissociation of calcium hydroxide.

  • Classification of Reactions, Conservation of Matter | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: An Introduction to Chemical Reactions: A Story of a Valentine’s Day Dance Mark as Favorite (39 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will be introduced to five basic types of chemical reactions through a metaphor about a high school dance. Afterwards students will complete research to fill out a graphic organizer and reinforce the introductory information.

  • Activity Series, Balancing Equations, Predicting Products, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Observations | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Activity Series of Unknown Metals Mark as Favorite (33 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will create an activity series of metals from a series of reactions involving unknown metals. They will then compare their activity series and a list of metals used in this lab (supplied by the teacher after data collection) to a published activity series to identify the unknown metals.

  • Classification of Reactions, Redox Reaction, Activity Series, Oxidation, Reduction | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Investigating Oxidation-Reduction Reactions Mark as Favorite (15 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will observe, classify and predict the products of single replacement, combination and decomposition reactions and provide a rationale for how reactions are classified using evidence from the lab and classroom.

  • Activity Series, Electrons, Electron Transfer, Balancing Equations, Predicting Products, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Observations | High School

    Activity: Simulation Activity: Metals in Aqueous Solutions Mark as Favorite (6 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will run simulated tests of various metals in aqueous solutions to determine the relative reactivity of these metals. A total of eight metals will be observed in various combinations with the corresponding metal nitrate solutions and hydrochloric acid. Students will interpret the data collected to construct an activity series of the elements used in this simulation.

  • Activity Series, Chemical Change, Electrons, Electron Transfer, Balancing Equations, Chemical Change, Predicting Products, Observations, Acid Base Reactions | High School

    Simulation: Metals In Aqueous Solutions Mark as Favorite (101 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will run simulated tests of various metals in aqueous solutions to determine the relative reactivity of these metals. A total of eight metals will be observed in various combinations with the corresponding metal nitrate solutions and hydrochloric acid. Students will interpret the data collected to construct an activity series of the elements used in this simulation.

  • Classification of Reactions, Chemical Change, Balancing Equations, Acid Base Reactions, Combustion | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Animation: Classifying Chemical Reactions Animation Mark as Favorite (35 Favorites)

    This animation explores some of the ways to classify different types of chemical reactions. It covers synthesis (combination), decomposition, single replacement (single displacement), double replacement (double displacement), combustion, and acid-base neutralization reactions. This animation was featured in the November 2020 issue of Chemistry Solutions. **This video has no audio**

  • Classification of Reactions, Chemical Change, Balancing Equations, Acid Base Reactions | Middle School, High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Animation Activity: Classifying Chemical Reactions Mark as Favorite (46 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will view an animation that explores some of the ways to classify different types of chemical reactions. The animation covers synthesis (combination), decomposition, single replacement (single displacement), double replacement (double displacement), combustion, and acid-base neutralization reactions.

  • Molecular Structure , Functional Groups, Experimental Design, Interdisciplinary, Chemical Change | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Designing Biomimetic Songbird Preen Oil from Waste Cooking Oil Mark as Favorite (16 Favorites)

    In this guided-inquiry lab, students will design and test a procedure reacting waste cooking oil in a blue cheese slurry to create a substance that mimics songbird preen oil, which is both antibacterial and hydrophobic. Students will convert the fatty acids in waste oil to methyl ketones, thought to be the principal antibacterial component of preen oil, using the P. roqueforti mold found in blue cheese. Students will expand their knowledge of biomimicry, inherent properties of preen oil, and chemical synthesis by applying the principles of green chemistry. They will also assess their own process through higher-order problem solving and building on their scientific research skills.

  • Limiting Reactant, Stoichiometry, Conservation of Matter | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: Limiting Reactant and Mole of Reaction Mark as Favorite (23 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will identify limiting reagents (and the amounts of product produced) using the mole of reaction concept. This approach is designed to focus on calculations related to limiting reactant after a conceptual understanding of what a limiting reactant is has already been established.

  • Chemical Change, Reaction Rate, Chemical Change, Exothermic & Endothermic, Heat, Temperature | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: A Comparison of Two Chemical Reactions Mark as Favorite (39 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will perform two chemical reactions, one between acetic acid and sodium bicarbonate and the other between the citric acid and the sodium bicarbonate in an Alka-Seltzer tablet when dissolved in water. Both reactions will produce gas while reacting in a closed plastic sandwich bag, causing it to inflate. Students will observe the reactions and analyze the results in order to understand indicators of chemical changes, heat flow, and factors that affect reaction rates

  • Stoichiometry, Limiting Reactant, Percent Composition, Lewis Structures, Percent Composition | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Untouchable Key Escape Room Mark as Favorite (96 Favorites)

    In this lab, students are presented with a key wrapped in aluminum foil a quantity of solid copper (II) chloride, a balance, distilled water and a selection of standard laboratory glassware and equipment. Without using their hands to touch the key, students must react the key with a copper (II) chloride solution in order to free the key and use it to escape from the chemistry classroom!

  • Predicting Products, Activity Series, Chemical Change, Chemical Change, Observations | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Project: Wastewater Recovery Mark as Favorite (66 Favorites)

    In this project, students will analyze test results in order to design a procedure for recovering certain metals from wastewater using their knowledge of the Activity Series of Metals and single replacement reactions. Based on their analysis, students will create a proposal for presentation in an effort to recommend the best plan for reclaiming the metals from the wastewater.

  • Stoichiometry, Balancing Equations, Limiting Reactant, Percent Yield | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lesson Plan: A Scaffold Approach to Teaching Stoichiometry Mark as Favorite (53 Favorites)

    In this lesson, students will learn the basics of stoichiometry including determining the amount of reactant needed or product produced, determining the limiting reactant and finally determining percent yield. Additionally they will design their own stoichiometry lab and interpret their collected results.

  • Reduction, Oxidation, Redox Reaction, Catalysts, Activation Energy, Combustion | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Catalytic Converters Video Questions Mark as Favorite (12 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will watch a video and answer related questions about the role of a catalytic converter and its corresponding chemical reactions within a vehicle. Students will learn about both oxidation and reduction reactions as well as the purpose of a catalyst.

  • Chemical Change, Physical Change, Observations, Molecular Structure, Lewis Structures, Polarity, Chemical Change | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: DIY Triiodide Mark as Favorite (22 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will investigate how iodine interacts with various substances. They will use color changes to justify whether a chemical or physical change is taking place. This activity is referenced in the October 2019 ChemMatters article called “Cash, Chemistry, and Counterfeiting.”

  • Heat of Combustion, Heat, Exothermic & Endothermic, Combustion, Polymers, Molecular Structure | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: The Internal Combustion Engine Video Questions Mark as Favorite (14 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will watch a video and answer related questions about the mechanical and chemical processed used in the internal combustion engine. Additionally they will learn about reactions and fuel types as well as the history and evolution of the combustion engine.

  • Balancing Equations, Classification of Reactions, Chemical Change, Identifying an Unknown, Molarity, Concentration | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: An Environmental Impact Study Mark as Favorite (74 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will test a water sample which comes from a local zoo, where, it is reported that many bird eggs are not hatching. Students will test the water for the presence of multiple ions. Once the type of ion in the water is determined, students will write balanced equations to illustrate their findings. Students will also conduct a serial dilution to determine the concentration, or molarity, of the ion in the water sample. This molarity will be compared to known values to determine if the materials in the water are at an unhealthy level.

  • Stoichiometry, Balancing Equations, Limiting Reactant | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Activity: Farfalle Stoichiometry Mark as Favorite (58 Favorites)

    In this activity, students will use a hands-on manipulative (pasta) to represent the stoichiometric relationships in a compound and in a balanced equation. They will determine the limiting reactant for a given amount of two reactants and they will identify the excess reactant. In the extension exercise, students will balance the equations that are used in the production of ammonia, a common chemical fertilizer.

  • Stoichiometry, Gas Laws, Mole Concept | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Lab: Investigating the Self-Inflating Balloon Mark as Favorite (44 Favorites)

    In this lab, students will investigate the chemical reaction used in the self-inflating balloon. They will apply their knowledge of gas laws and stoichiometry in order to determine the quantities of reactants used to inflate the balloon.

  • Chemical Change, Activity Series, Redox Reaction, Chemical Change, Physical Change | High School

    Access is an AACT member benefit. Demonstration: Understanding the Discrepant Reactivity of Copper in the Presence of Strong Acids Mark as Favorite (8 Favorites)

    In this demonstration, students practice their observation skills during the additions of different acids to two test tubes containing copper. The activity is structured to allow students to make thoughtful remarks about what they observe, using rich indicators of both chemical and physical properties and changes. In subsequent lessons on new concepts, students can reflect back on their observations to rationalize the discrepant results of the reactions in the demonstration.

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