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  • Nuts & Bolts | September 2022 Access is an AACT member benefit. Teaching with Project-Based Learning in the High School Chemistry Classroom

    In this article, the author describes her interest and recent success with her implementation of Project-Based Learning (PBL) in the chemistry classroom. She discusses her experience using PBL and what motivates her to continue using the approach. She also provides an overview of some successful chemistry units that are designed with PBL in mind.

  • Nuts & Bolts | November 2021 Access is an AACT member benefit. Real-World Chemistry Learning Opportunities Are Right outside Your Door!

    How can we help students see the connections between various fields of study which are traditionally taught separately? With the Next Generation Science Standards in hand, and eyes newly opened to a multitude of resources, a chemistry teacher took his students to learn at a local wastewater treatment plant. It left a lasting impression.

  • Classroom Commentary | May 2020 Access is an AACT member benefit. Part 4: Teaching Earth Chemistry

    This is the fourth and final article in a series about teaching earth chemistry. It is an examination of how earth materials break down physically and chemically, resulting in new chemistry and creating landscapes around us. The author provides an accompanying activity that directs students on how to examine their local earth chemistry.

  • Classroom Commentary | March 2020 Access is an AACT member benefit. Part 3: Teaching Earth Chemistry

    This is the third article in a series about teaching earth chemistry. The focus of this piece is discussing and investigating how the partial melting of rocks related to plate tectonics occurs, and its effects on volcano behavior.

  • Resource Feature | November 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. Part 2: Teaching Earth Chemistry

    The second in a series of articles, the author focuses on using a phenomenon-based approach to investigate how density effects the chemical compositions of the two types of crust on the surface of the earth. He also demonstrates how the entire earth is arranged by density from the core to the top of the atmosphere — expanding the potential applications of density concepts beyond the lab.

  • Resource Feature | September 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. Part 1: Teaching Earth Chemistry

    In this article, the author shares some introductory information as well reasons for teachers to integrate the chemistry of the earth in their chemistry curriculum. This article is the first in a series of articles on earth chemistry, and discusses building the content, making connections with existing chemistry content, and seeing examples of the relevance of the subject.

  • Classroom Commentary | March 2019 Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

  • Nuts & Bolts | November 2018 Access is an AACT member benefit. 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.

  • Nuts & Bolts | May 2018 Using Learning Progressions to Improve Scientific Modeling in Chemistry

    This article describes how to use learning progressions to transform your existing modeling activities to help students construct and use models as a generative tool for predicting and explaining phenomena. In the process, the models become a learning tool, rather than just a means to illustrate understanding.

  • Nuts & Bolts | March 2018 Access is an AACT member benefit. 21st Century Skills in High School Chemistry

    This article discusses the changing trends in science education, with a focus on the need for implementing 21st century skills into the science curriculum, and some techniques for doing so.

  • Resource Feature | November 2017 Access is an AACT member benefit. A Particulate Representation of Molarity

    In addition to using a simple activity about investigating the differences Kool-Aid concentration and completing molarity calculations, students work with pictures at the particle level to develop a deeper understanding of solutions and molarity.

  • Nuts & Bolts | November 2017 Access is an AACT member benefit. Integrating NGSS and STEM in the Classroom

    As an educator interested in sharing your love of science with your students, how do you incorporate the NGSS and STEM in your classroom? The answer is simple. STEM and NGSS are inherently intertwined, which makes the implementation of NGSS easier. Here is a step-by-step process for how to integrate NGSS and STEM in your chemistry classroom.

  • Resource Feature | September 2017 Introducing the Chemistry of Color: A Resource Collection

    This article highlights a set of lessons developed by a team of content writers, sponsored by PPG, using color as a general theme. The lessons use chemistry to explore various aspects of the science behind paints and coatings.

  • Classroom Commentary | March 2017 Access is an AACT member benefit. Bridging the Observable to the Atom: Teaching Chemistry to PreK-12 Students

    In order to support children’s understanding of matter throughout their primary and secondary education, it's necessary to design instruction using the tetrahedral model representations in which students recognize the multiple levels of thought and contextualize learning in the everyday level. This article aims to help teachers understand the learning progressions in light of the tetrahedral model representation through NGSS and other curriculum documents.

  • Nuts & Bolts | May 2015 Access is an AACT member benefit. Using NGSS in the Chemistry Classroom

    Questions from the March NGSS webinar are addressed, touching on topics including NGSS resources, how NGSS effects chemistry curriculum, and helpful tips about ChemCom sixth edition.


  • Nuts & Bolts | March 2016 Access is an AACT member benefit. Incorporating CCSS and NGSS into Introductory Chemistry Investigations

    Science investigations provide a natural setting for students to develop their reading and writing skills. Two teachers explain how to transform chemistry investigations to address both Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, using the Science Writing Heuristic template.

  • Classroom Commentary | November 2015 Embracing the Spirit of the Next Generation Science Standards

    This article reflects on the ways teachers are being challenged to design curriculum and implement the Next Generation Science Standards. There is an opportunity to demonstrate life-long learning and implement ways for students to create value in their knowledge and find joy in the learning process.

  • Tech Tips | May 2015 Access is an AACT member benefit. How Social Media Improved My Teaching

    Twitter, Google+, and blogs have expanded this teacher's resources and learning networks outside of her own district, and allowed her to be reflective about her teaching.

  • Tech Tips | March 2015 Access is an AACT member benefit. Energy Foundations for High School Chemistry

    Energy is a hard-to-define concept that proves difficult for students to understand and hard for teachers to teach. This article introduces readers to a website that provides a number of resources to help teach the difficult concepts.

  • Resource Feature | September 2016 The Chemistry of Cars: An Adventure in Resource Creation

    Learn about the exciting Chemistry of Cars project, and the content writing team responsible for creating 19 new amazing classroom resources!