Group 1 - The Alkali Metals

People use alkali metals, such as lithium, for many commercial purposes. The sixth video in a 15-part series covers the alkali metals. It explains the properties they share, how to handle them safely, and how the rate of reactions change as the periods increase.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a worksheet to practice balancing the chemical reactions of alkali metals with water
  • Carefully perform a demonstration, behind a safety shield, of the reactions discussed in the video
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of ions and chemical equations
Pros

  • Includes a prompt to pause the video and think through a question before learning the answer
  • Displays properly balanced chemical equations as it discusses them
Cons

  • None
Common Core