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    Animation | May 2019 Measurement Animation

    In this animation, students review the fundamentals of measurement in length, mass, and volume. The animation also provides opportunities for students to practice unit conversions to confirm their understanding. **This animation has no audio**

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    In My Element | May 2019 The Chemistry of Opportunity: From the Commode to the Conant Award

    This article discusses the author’s background and experiences that led to his becoming a high school chemistry teacher and the 2018 recipient of the ACS James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching.

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    Resource Feature | May 2019 My Favorite Demonstrations for Teaching Chemical Reactions

    In this article, the author describes a series of seven demonstrations she uses to help students understand how to identify that a chemical reaction has occurred. Additionally, students use their observations to write word equations and formula equations.

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    Editorial | March 2019 Colorful Lessons

    The March editorial is guest-authored by the AACT President-Elect, Heather Weck. Heather reflects on how the theme of color has impacted her and inspired her throughout her teaching career.

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    Classroom Commentary | March 2019 NGSS Storylines in a Flipped Classroom

    This article provides insight into how a teacher flipped her middle school science classroom and then integrated the NGSS storyline process of learning into the flipped classroom structure.

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    Simulation | March 2019 Predicting Products

    In this simulation, students will reference an activity series and a solubility chart to accurately predict the products of single replacement and double replacement chemical reactions. Associated particle diagrams will be displayed to help students better comprehend the reaction at the particulate level. Students will also be asked to balance the chemical equation. The simulation is designed as a five question quiz for students to use multiple times.

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    In My Element | March 2019 An Unplanned Journey to Middle School Science Teacher

    The AACT Middle School Ambassador describes her somewhat unplanned journey to becoming a middle school science teacher. Her enthusiasm and passion for teaching students at this level are evident as she shares her experiences with the reader.

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    Nuts & Bolts | March 2019 Applying Retrieval Practice Techniques in the Classroom

    This article describes the author’s efforts to increase opportunities in her daily teaching practice for students to actively engage in practicing and retrieving information. Research has shown that these activities are very beneficial to long-term learning.

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    Tech Tips | March 2019 Creating YouTube Tutorial Channels for Student Success

    The authors share their success with creating chemistry tutorial videos and posting them on YouTube in order to support students outside of the classroom.

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    Resource Feature | March 2019 Magic Monday: Inspiring Students to Observe and Question in Chemistry

    The article describes the author’s use of demonstrations to spark interest and investigation in chemistry. This teaching strategy has been both valuable and popular with her students.

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    Nuts & Bolts | March 2019 Ditch Your Step-by-Step Procedures: Teach Students to Understand the Chemistry

    In this article, the author describes his emphasis on problem-solving rather than providing step-by-step instructions to students. With the use of examples, he explains how this focus has helped his students develop a deeper understanding of chemistry topics.

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    Resource Feature | March 2019 Teaching Essential Concepts … with T-Shirt Chromatography

    In this article, a teacher shares about her colorful classroom activity for teaching chromatography.

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    Classroom Commentary | November 2018 Working Together toward Vertical Alignment

    The author shares his experience organizing a science workshop that connects high school science teachers with elementary school teachers in their same system. During the workshop, high school teachers present labs and activities to help elementary science teachers best prepare their own students. The experience lets teachers collaborate and discuss vertical alignment of their teaching, and be better prepared to work together to provide students with the most effective science education.

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    Resource Feature | November 2018 Taking Inspiration from the AP Chemistry Reading

    In this article, the author describes how her experience at the AP Chemistry Reading inspires lesson ideas to help address common misconceptions. In her engaging classroom activity, students model equilibrium reactions using chips to represent atoms in an effort to connect the symbolic model of an equilibrium reaction to its particle model.

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    Nuts & Bolts | November 2018 A Groovy NGSS Phenomenon for Chemistry Concepts

    In this article, the authors demonstrate how an existing middle school chemistry curriculum can be easily modified toward an NGSS storyline. The article highlights lesson shift toward the “groovy phenomenon” of a lava lamp to engage students in chemistry concepts such as density, heat transfer, particle motion, and phases of matter. NGSS practices in modeling for understanding and arguing from evidence are highlighted.

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    In My Element | November 2018 The Grass Really Is Greener

    The author describes how he transitioned from drowning as a teacher in the United States, to cruising as an international school teacher.

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    Editorial | November 2018 Pursuing Growth

    The November editorial is guest-authored by the AACT Governing Board DivCHED representative, Amiee Modic. Amiee highlights professional growth opportunities and educates members about the Division of Chemical Education’s technical division, which is available through an ACS membership.

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    Video | November 2018 Frontiers of Chemistry

    This video explores new scientific developments that were made possible by the application of fundamental chemistry concepts. Students will learn about exciting advances in science and technology focused on three main topics: Solar Cells, 3D Printing and Micro Machines.

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    Classroom Commentary | November 2018 Successful Collaboration, Fostered by the American Chemical Society

    This article describes the exciting collaboration between university and high school students and faculty that developed over a decade. The two main components that contribute to this successful partnership are the ChemClub and Science Coaches programs, sponsored by ACS/AACT.

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    Nuts & Bolts | September 2018 Setting the Tone for Safety with Younger Students

    This article outlines the basic considerations for lab safety in the elementary science classroom. Sample student safety contracts are provided by the author for teacher use.

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    Resource Feature | September 2018 Chemistry of Lightsticks: Determination of Activation Energy, a Guided Inquiry Approach

    Lightsticks, with their eerie glow, capture the interest of students of every age. Capitalizing on this, the authors describe how they developed and used a guided inquiry approach to help students determine the activation energy of the chemiluminescent reaction in a lightstick. They also describe how they used a Vernier LabQuest 2 system, while acknowledging that any data collection system that allows simultaneous collection of data from light and temperature probes may be used instead. In addtion, they explain how they employed the natural logarithm form of the Arrhenius equation and spreadsheet software.

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    Classroom Commentary | September 2018 Reflections of an AP Chemistry Exam Reader

    This article describes a chemistry teacher’s experience as a Reader for the AP chemistry exam. She shares some reflections, pointers, and insights to help guide other AP Chemistry teachers in hopes of helping them prepare their students to achieve mastery on the exam.

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    Nuts & Bolts | September 2018 Designing Effective Multiple-Choice Items in Chemistry

    Multiple-choice questions are frequently used in both formal and informal assessments in order to determine if students have mastered specific learning objectives. This article discusses the characteristics of multiple-choice items as well as some guidelines for writing them. It is possible to design multiple-choice items that emphasize conceptual understanding and critical thinking skills. The creation of high-quality assessments can provide useful information about student learning and help teachers make important decisions about instruction.

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    In My Element | September 2018 How Collaboration Helped Transform My Teaching Career

    A teacher describes her teaching journey and how she plans to prepare for her first year in the high school chemistry classroom.

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    Simulation | September 2018 States of Matter and Phase Changes

    In this simulation, students will participate in a 10 question quiz. Some questions will challenge students to analyze data to identify the correct state of matter for a specific sample, and then connect the chosen state with an animated particle diagram. In addition, students will examine the behavior of particles in an animated sample as they undergo a phase change, and must correctly identify the change that occurs.