May 2017

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Classroom Commentary

Finding Chemistry Connections in Climate Change

The scientific evidence that underlies global warming and climate change has many connections with common chemistry topics. Incorporating global warming and climate change concepts into your curriculum gives context to the importance of understanding chemistry, and can help students develop a better understanding of why chemistry truly is the central science.

Resource Features

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

Resource Feature

5th Grade Chemistry — as Taught by High School Students Elementary desk web cover

This end-of-the-year project for high school chemistry students involves learning and using inquiry strategies to teach chemical concepts to fifth-grade students through hands-on activities. The author outlines the project, including conversations with elementary teachers, planning logistics, field trip details, and student preparation. Read about the many rewards of a well-planned and executed project that binds the grade levels through chemistry.

Classroom Commentary

Reflections and perspectives by teachers about topics that affect chemistry education.

Classroom Commentary

Read! But Read the Right Things Cover

Contemplating some summer reading? The author shares his thoughts on two books that are rich in details about the progression of science, and also explore more important, fundamental insights about the discipline.

Nuts & Bolts

Functional tips you can implement in your classroom.

Nuts & Bolts

There’s More to the New Safety Data Sheets than a Missing “M” Hazard

Safety in the chemistry lab is a concern for all teachers, regardless of years of experience. In 2015, major changes occurred to chemical labels and SDS in the US, however, many people that work and teach with chemicals are still fuzzy on the details. This article aims to increase your comfort level with SDSs by describing the timeline, some changes over the last 5 years, pros/cons of the newer format, related hazard communication issues, and providing info on other available resources.


Nuts & Bolts

Using Formative Assessment to Guide Instruction Girl 225

Formative assessment is a valuable tool for determining a student's misconceptions and level of science understanding, in order to guide class instruction. While it can seem intimidating, formative assessment can take a variety of forms to incorporate movement and collaboration in the classroom.

In My Element

Stories about teachers finding their way to the chemistry classroom.

In My Element

A Serendipitous Teaching Career Classroomdemo web

The author recounts the events and influences, from childhood through retirement, that guided his successful teaching career.

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Editorial

Editorial

The Future Looks Bright Bright future web

AACT President Scott Hawkins reflects fondly on his year as AACT president, the accomplishments of AACT, and the promise for a bright future. He also shares news about upcoming events, governing board election results, and member benefits.

Simulation

Simulation

Isotopes & Calculating Average Atomic Mass Cover 352

In the May 2017 simulation, students first learn how the average atomic mass is determined through a tutorial based on the isotope abundance for Carbon. Students will then interact within a workspace where they will select the number of isotopes, the mass of each isotope as well as their abundancies in order to successfully build a mystery element. Finally they will use their choices to calculate the average atomic mass of the mystery element.

Chemistry Fun

Chemistry Fun

Periodic Table of...Mistakes Aact periodic table of mistakes web page 2

Can you spot the mistakes in this periodic table?

Teacher 2 Teacher

AACT discussion board recent post: Order of Topics for AP Chemistry
"As the year starts to wind down, I start thinking about how the year has gone. I was wondering what order of topics others follow in their teaching? I have tried a variety of ways over the years to introduce topics into my AP Chemistry curriculum and am curious how others approach this."

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