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Instructional Materials in Chemistry

The WWW sites linked to from this page provide practical assistance for Chemistry teachers wanting to use the Internet as part of their classroom planning/instruction. Please read our disclaimer.
1995 Dow/NSTA Summer Workshop Lesson Plans
Junior and senior high chemistry lesson plans developed by teachers in annual projects starting in 1995.

Amazing Science at the Roxy: Teaching Resource Center
In addition to some professional development resources/articles ("Constructivism in the Science Classroom", "Principles of Discovery Learning", "How to Present an Effective Classroom Demonstration", and "Science & Science Ed."), there are five lesson plans on the topics of bubbleology, cell theory, data analysis, ecology, and mixtures & solutions. The lesson plans have dual target audiences and can be used at the 5-8 or 9-12 grade levels.

AskERIC Lesson Plans - Science: Physical Science
Over 50 lesson plans organized alphabetically and covering various grade ranges in K-12.

Bizarre Stuff You Can Make In Your Kitchen
This site is an ever growing warehouse of the kinds of projects some of the more demented of us tried as young people, collecting in one place many of the classic, simple science projects that have become part of the collective lore of amateur science. It is a sort of warped semi-scientific cookbook of tricks, gimmicks, and pointless experimentation, concoctions, and devices, using, for the most part, things found around the house. These are the classics. Strange goo, radios made from rusty razor blades, crystal gardens... amateur mad scientist stuff. If you happen to learn something in the process, consider yourself a better person for it.

Bridge: Chemistry
Links to about 10 sites that provide lesson plans, activities, or curricular units that explore hydrology from a chemical perspective.

ChemCom (Chemistry in the Community) Resource Centre
ChemCom is a chemistry curriculum written for secondary school students by the American Chemical Society (ACS). It attempts to enhance science literacy by emphasizing chemistry's impact on society. It is aimed at the student who will become a citizen but not necessarily a scientist in a technological society. Teachers are able to download information related to the 8 ChemCom topics such as supplying water needs, conserving chemical resources, understanding food, and nuclear chemistry in our world.

Chemistry Demonstrations
Six affordable chemistry demonstrations suitable for high school students from Flinn Scientific.

Chemistry Lessons
Over 50 lessons plans, organized by grade level, from the Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition.

Teachers can use ChemQuik to find safety information (First Aid, Fire Fighting, Supplier Identification, and Physical Properties) on 140,000 chemicals. Use their search engine (simple or advanced) or browse through their alphabetical lists to find the chemical you're seeking.

Core Knowledge Lesson Plans
  • As the Atom Spins Through the metaphors of finding a date and hosting a party, intermediate students learn how to read a periodic table, build and draw atomic models, find molecular partners, and build molecular models. The unit requires two weeks.
  • Beginner's Chemistry This 11 day unit for intermediate students has three parts: atomic structure, "potion mixin", and a written test, answer key, and some resource books.
  • Matter Matters: Solids, Liquids and Gases Primary students are enged in a variety of hands-on experiments throughout this ten day unit as they learn to differentiate between (and give examples of) solids, liquids and gases. Literature, audio-visual materials, and poetry are integrated.
  • What's the Matter: Chemistry This 12 lesson intermediate level unit offers an introduction to Chemistry and the three common states: solids, liquids, and gases. Included as well are topics of atoms, molecules, elements, compounds, classification of elements and the Periodic Table.

Encarta Lesson Collection: Chemistry
Select "Science" and then "Chemistry" on their Lesson Collection Page to find lots of lesson plans in this subject.

Grade 12 Provincial Examinations
Full information on the BC Grade 12 provincial examinations, including exam timetables, exam results, holistic scoring guides, reports to schools and general information. Select "Examinations and Keys (Grade 12 Provincial)" to download previous exams.

Home Experiments
Ten experiments that can be done at home (or school) from Professor Shakhashiri of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs)
These Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) provide some of the basic information that teachers will require to implement the BC Ministry of Education Science curricula in K-12.

Inter-State Matters
In this lesson plan, grade 6-12 students use a NY Times article as a starting point to "explore the six phase transitions between gases, liquids and solids for a variety of elements. Each group of students will focus on a different element, investigating its physical properties during each of the six phase transitions."

[The] Library o' Chemistry
Free in-class activities, review guides, tests, worksheets, and labs from Ian Guch. Other sections of his site act as metalists of links to chemistry teaching and learning resources.

[The] Mole Hole
This site for high school teachers has two lecture experiments, collections of animated molecules and of mole clip art, help on the AP Chemistry tests, and more...

New York State Regents Examinations
The N.Y. State Regents Examinations are a set of subject-based standardized tests for N.Y. high school students. Here are two resources, from different organizations, that can help teachers and students prepare for these or other similar standardized exams.
  • New York State Education Department Download PDF formatted copies of recent Regents Examinations and answer keys from this page.
  • Regents Exams Prep Centre: Chemistry The Prep Centre, developed by Oswego County high school teachers, is intended to help Grade 12 teachers and students prepare for the N.Y. Regents Exams.
    Teachers can access sets of sample questions that are organized by subject and then by topic. Alternatively, students can attempt the questions, view the correct answer, or follow a link to a tutorial on the curricular content in the question if they need assistance.

Of Electron Bondage
In this lesson plan, grade 6-12 students use a NY Times article as a starting point to "create models of ionic and covalent electronic bonds to demonstrate their understanding of these chemistry concepts."

[The] pH Factor
A set of seven stand-alone lesson plans to help elementary and middle school teachers introduce acids and bases. Included with the lesson plans are interactive screens which can be used with individual students or with groups.

Physical Science Activity Manual
This Manual contains 34 hands-on Chemistry & Physics activities that can be downloaded in either MAC (MS WORD) or Windows (Wordperfect) versions. The manual is neither a lab manual nor a series of lesson plans. Rather, it provides the teacher with background information and a collection of student-centered activities which s/he can adapt to local conditions.

Project Primary
Professors and primary teachers have collaborated to produce a set of hands-on activities for the teaching of science organized under the headings of botony, chemisty, geology, physics, and zoology. This link is to three chemistry activities appropriate for K-3.

Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab
A wide selection of graded (easy, intermediate, advanced) science experiments suitable for the home or classroom. You can link to a sampling from the right side of this home page but be sure to look at the left side panel as well. The button labelled "experiments" will lead you to more than 30 experiements sortable by subject or difficulty level. Also, the home page's left side panel has direct links to about 10 other experiments.

Science Resource Center
The Science Resource Center is a web site where science teachers can share ideas. Chemistry teachers can access demonstrations, laboratory investigations, teaching tips, and exams from three selections on the main menu (Chemistry I, Chemistry II, and Chemistry Exams).

Smile Program Chemistry Index
Teachers participating in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement) summer session programs each create a single concept lesson plan. This database has close to 200 lesson plans organized under the following headings: Atomic and Molecular Structure (Including Moles); Basic Tools And Principles; Chemistry of Elements, Compounds and Materials; States of Matter; andTypes and Control of Chemical Reactions. Caution: Since there is a wide number of authors who have contributed to the database, the detail and quality of the lesson plans will vary.

Snacks about Chemistry
The Exploratorium offers these activities/experiments to demonstrate chemical concepts.

T.O.Y.S. to Teach Chemistry
This site is a collection of demonstrations and lab activities contributed by chemistry teachers. The acronym "T.O.Y.S." stands for "Teach Our Youth Science" and the intent of the site is to share ideas in which toys are used to teach chemistry concepts.

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