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Middle School Chemistry: Chapter 6 - Chemical Change

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Catalysts, reactants, or products? The final unit in the middle school chemistry module examines chemical changes. Tweens perform experiments to determine what factors impact the rate of chemical reactions, study energy changes, both...
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Middle School Chemistry: Chapter 5 - The Water Molecule and Dissolving

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Through demonstrations, hands-on activities, and discussions, young chemists explore water molecules and their polar characteristics. Groups design and carry out their own experiments to examine solubility, determine if the type of...
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Middle School Chemistry: Chapter 4 - The Periodic Table and Bonding

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The Periodic Table and Bonding are the topics of the fourth chapter in the middle school chemistry unit. Class members demonstrate their understanding of how atoms form covalent bonds by drawing the bonds between given molecules. Also,...
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Middle School Chemistry: Chapter 3 - Density

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Chapter three in the middle school chemistry unit explores the relationship between volume and density. Young chemists conduct experiments to find volume through displacement, observe how temperature affects water density, and how the...
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Middle School Chemistry: Chapter 2 - Changes of State

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The second module in the middle school chemistry unit looks at changes in the states of matter. Middle schoolers observe heat transfer, build molecular models of water from Styrofoam, conduct controlled experiments with condensation and...
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Heat Transfer and Cooling

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Astronauts train underwater to simulate the change in gravity. An out-of-this-world unit includes three hands-on activities, one teacher demonstration, and a discussion related to some of the challenges astronauts face. Scholars apply...
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PS3A - Definitions of Energy

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Energy has many forms ... but very few sources! How do we present this to young scientists? Explore the Definitions of Energy, PS3A, in a video about the Next Generation Science Standards. The narrator keeps it simple by relating each...
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Plugging into the Sun

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What's cooking? A sizzling STEM unit challenges scholars to build a solar cooker that can successfully cook an egg. The unit opens with a study of Earth's rotation, the sun's energy, and shadows. Pupils use a compass and thermometer to...
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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 plan 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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Finding Volume: The Water Displacement Method

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
We have formulas for finding the volume of geometric shapes, but what if the shape is irregular? Lesson describes how to find volume through water displacement. After a demonstration, scholars practice in small groups. Then analysis...
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What is Density?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Density: the reason a giant pumpkin will float, but a tiny cranberry won't. Lesson begins with a demonstration of two of the same-sized cubes having different densities. Then pupils take eight cubes, each of the same size, and have to...
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Changing State: Melting

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Dry ice is extremely cold — it is -109.3°F or -78.5°C. Scholars observe and explain the molecular motion associated with melting. Then they design their own experiments to speed up the melting process. Finally, a teacher presents a...
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Changing State: Freezing

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
There are five types of frost: ground frost, air frost, hoar frost, glaze, and rime. Scholars mix ice and salt in a metal container to observe frost forming on the outside of the can. Animations and videos enhance the learning. 
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Heat, Temperature, and Conduction

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How does heat move from one item to another, even when the items are in different states of matter? Pupils experiment with adding washers to hot water and adding hot washers to room temperature water to observe the heat transfer. 
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The Periodic Table and Energy-Level Models

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Teach your class to think of electrons as tiny packets of energy that travel in waves. Through a short video and diagram, participants see how electrons are located around the nucleus of an atom. They then get into groups and try to...
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Surface Tension

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
A drop of dew holds a sphere shape even when sitting on a seat thanks to the surface tension of water. Learners observe the phenomena of surface tension in water. Through demonstrations, hands-on activities, and discussions they explore...
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Water is a Polar Molecule

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
A water strider is a bug that taps into the attraction between the positive and negative ends of water, allowing the bug to walk on water. Learners view short videos showing polar characteristics of water. Pairs then discuss what polar...