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Carbon Dioxide Can Make a Solution Acidic

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Can your breath change the acidity in a liquid? A lesson begins with a demonstration that proves it can. Then scholars perform an experiment to determine if other gases can change the pH of liquids. Finally, they research how this...
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Neutralizing Acids and Bases

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Most things naturally strive for balance, and acids and bases are no exception. Neutralization of acids and bases allows scholars to explore the color changes associated with the pH scale. After this exploration, pupils neutralize two...
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pH and Color Change

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Did you know strong bases can feel slippery and slimy? Lesson allows scholars to practice using the pH scale to identify acids and bases and their strengths. By changing the concentration of an acid and a base, they create the entire...
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Using Chemical Change to Identify an Unknown

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
If you discover an unknown powder, how do you determine if it is safe? Lesson uses four different tests to identify the properties of various powders that appear the same. Then scholars get an unknown powder and have to determine which...
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A Catalyst and the Rate of Reaction

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
More than 90 percent of chemical products are made using a catalyst. Lesson demonstrates the way a catalyst changes the rate of reaction without altering the chemical reaction. A catalyst doesn't appear as a reactant or a product, yet it...
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Temperature and the Rate of a Chemical Reaction

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Putting glow sticks in the freezer makes them last longer, but why is that? Lesson focuses on how temperature impacts the rate of a chemical reaction. It begins with a teacher demonstration, then scholars design their own experiments...
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Forming a Precipitate

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Can you mix two liquids to make a solid that is insoluble? Yes, you can, and pupils see this as the lesson uses more than one combination of liquids to form a solid. Through two teacher demonstrations and a hands-on activity, scholars...
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Controlling the Amount of Products in a Chemical Reaction

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Everyone enjoys combining baking soda and water. Here is a lesson that challenges scholars to analyze the reaction three different ways — the real substances, the chemical equation, and the molecular models. Class members experiment to...
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If Molecules Were People...

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
By watching this droll and delightful animation, physical scientists consider what happens when molecules collide. In this film, however, parodic people bump into each other, exchanging limbs in the process, just as molecules might trade...
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Next Generation Science Standards

For Students K - 12th Standards
Are you having trouble deciphering the Next Generation Science Standards on the website, or just trying to find the standards for your grade in a quick-and-easy format? If so, here is a free and easy-to-navigate app made with you in mind.
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CK-12 Earth Science Concepts for Middle School

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Explore a variety of science concepts in an interactive textbook created for middle school scholars. A lengthy table of contents takes readers to pages comprised of a subject overview, outline, and summary. Follow links further to find...
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By All Indications

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How do people determine if something is acidic or basic? Learners make their own acid-base indicators using red cabbage and then determine the acidity and alkalinity of different substances. First, they test substances of known pH and...
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Lactose Intolerance: Fact or Fiction

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Around the world, about 2/3 of adult humans are lactose intolerant. Scholars work in small groups to discuss a few statements about lactose intolerance. Then, they watch a video on the topic and readdress each statement. Whole-class...
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Mass Changes in Chemical Reactions—Microscale Chemistry

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
What better way is there to introduce conservation of mass than a few simple experiments? Young chemists conduct two chemical reactions, take the masses of reactants and products, then compare their results to determine differences in mass.
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The Heat Is On

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Explore an exothermic reaction with a quick lab investigation. The activity builds on the previous lessons by examining an ingredient in many shampoos. Scholars record temperature data as sodium hydroxide and water interact.
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Cookie Equations

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Cookies and chemical equations have a lot in common! Using cookies as a reference, scholars learn to balance chemical equations. Pieces of the cookies represent different parts of the compounds and elements. This is the sixth installment...
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Molecules to the Max!—Educators Resource Guide

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
From molecules to nanotubes, an engaging unit explores the world of tiny science. Fifteen hands-on experiments and lessons engage young scientists as they learn chemistry. Discussions, worksheets, and data analysis reinforce the concepts...
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What Is a Chemical Reaction?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Take your class inside a beaker for an up-close view of a chemical reaction! Junior chemists examine how chemical reactions occur using an interactive resource. The activity allows users to change the temperature and observe how it...
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PS1B—Chemical Reactions

For Students 2nd - 12th Standards
Thinking back to the last time you taught a lesson on chemical changes ... was there no reaction? Check out an explosive video to put some spark back in your instruction! The narrator of the video guides you through the expectations, as...
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Chemical Reactions

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Investigate the Law of Conservation of Mass through a lab exploration. Individuals combine materials to initiate chemical reactions. They monitor for signs of reactions and measure the masses before and after the reactions for comparison.
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Chemical Bonds: Covalent and Ionic Bonding

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Get back to bonding basics. Science scholars get a chance to show what they know using a simple interactive. Pupils create models of covalent and ionic bonds before answering questions about each interaction. The resource includes a...
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Atoms to Molecules: Constructing Helium

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Protons and neutrons and electrons, oh my! Physical science scholars get hands-on with interactive atomic modeling. Starting with a simple helium atom, participants create and name ions, then build isotopes. Questions throughout the...
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Balancing Equations

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Make the microscopic world of chemical reactions come to life. An engaging video demonstrates a methane-oxygen reaction. Learners see the reaction take place and observe the chemical equation being balanced. 
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Crash

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Explore the chemistry behind the airbags that keep you safe in a collision. Using a simulation, your classes find the best gas to use to inflate an airbag. The simulation shows the time it takes to inflate to a maximum volume....