March 2016

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Classroom Commentary

Reviving The Reason For My Work

Adrian Dingle re-discovers a love of chemistry academia through a prestigious fellowship—and encourages you to reconnect with your own inspiration for teaching.

Resource Features

Lessons by teachers with their inspiration for the activity or tips for how to implement the lesson.

Access is an AACT member benefit. Keys for Success in Teaching Chemistry

Teach fundamental chemistry concepts using common items, and discover clever options for finding teaching supplies on a limited budget.

Access is an AACT member benefit. Bringing Real-Life Context to Chemical Math

Using real life examples can elicit and engage student participation. This teacher uses a striking audio clip example from a radio program to demonstrate the importance of scientific notation.

Nuts & Bolts

Functional tips you can implement in your classroom.

Access is an AACT member benefit. Guest Speakers Bring Science to Life in an Elementary Classroom

This fifth grade teacher in Michigan works with practicing scientists to reinforce science skills, concepts, and vocabulary with his students.

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.

Tech Tips

How to incorporate technology into your chemistry classroom.

Access is an AACT member benefit. A Student Centered, Web Based Approach to Teaching Unit Conversions

Learn about a web-based tutorial that uses a drag and drop interface to teach students how to convert between units of measure. Features include a dimensional analysis approach and immediate feedback for students.

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Keeping it Real

Chemistry Solutions editor Emily Bones reflects on her first semester back in the classroom, and discovers the key to keeping her students engaged.


Periodic Trends: Ionization Energy, Atomic Radius & Ionic Radius

In this simulation for the March 2016 issue, students can investigate the periodic trends of atomic radius, ionization energy, and ionic radius. By choosing elements from the periodic table, atoms can be selected for a side by side comparison and analysis. Students can also attempt to ionize an atom by removing its valence electrons. Quantitative data is available for each periodic trend, and can be further examined in a graph.

Chemistry Fun

Access is an AACT member benefit. Chemistry Fun

A cartoon about what NOT to do in the chemistry lab.