General Chemistry Lesson Plans
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How to Write a Lesson Plan
It is much easier to accomplish objectives when you are teaching a class if you have planned out how you will achieve them. It isn't hard to write your own lesson plans. Here are step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process, with a lesson plan template you can use so all you need to do is fill in the blanks.
Scientific Method Lesson Plan
This lesson plan gives students hands-on experience with the scientific method. The scientific method lesson plan is appropriate for any science course and can be customized to suit a wide range of educational levels.
Acids and Bases Lesson Plan
This chemistry lesson plan covers essential acids and bases terminology and offers students hands-on experience testing common home chemicals to determine whether they are acids, bases or neutral. Only household materials are required for this lesson.
Periodic Table Study Guide
Learn about the periodic table of the elements. Find out about the history of the periodic table, how the elements are organized, and how to use the periodic table to predict the behavior of unfamiliar elements.
Identify an Unknown - Experiment with Chemical Reactions
Use this chemistry lesson plan to help students use the scientific method to design experiments to identify the components of an unknown mixture.
Baggie Chemistry - Experiment with Chemical Reactions
Introduce students to chemical reactions and experimentation using common materials and baggies. Grades 3-5 and higher.
How to Create an Endothermic Reaction (Safely)
Most endothermic reactions contain toxic chemicals, but this citric acid and sodium bicarbonate reaction is safe and easy. Grade school+ (high school or college for reactions)
Briggs-Rauscher Oscillating Color Change Reaction
The Briggs-Rauscher reaction, also known as 'the oscillating clock', is one of the most common demonstrations of a chemical oscillator reaction. Three colorless solutions are mixed together, producing a mixture that oscillates between clear, amber, and deep blue. High school+
Chemistry Fun with Pennies
Use pennies, nails, and a few simple household ingredients to explore some of the interesting properties of metals. Clean the pennies chemically, make verdigris, and plate the nails with copper. Grade school+
How To Create an Exothermic Chemical Reaction
Exothermic chemical reactions produce heat. In this reaction vinegar is used to remove the protective coating from steel wool, allowing it to rust. When the iron combines with oxygen, heat is released. Middle school+ (high school for reactions)
How to Make Ice Cream in a Baggie
Make a tasty treat and learn about freezing point depression, too! All you need are some basic ingredients and two ziploc baggies. It's easy, fun, and educational. Middle school +
How To Get Iron Out of Breakfast Cereal
Cold breakfast cereals are usually fortified with iron. What does the iron look like? Find out here! Ages 5+
How to Make Red Cabbage pH Indicator
Make your own pH indicator solution! Red cabbage juice indicator is easy to make, exhibits a wide range of colors, and can be used to make your own pH paper strips. High school or college chemistry.
How To Make Soap
These are the instructions for making your own gentle hand or face soap. It's work, but worth the effort! High school or college - not for young children.
How To Do Paper Chromatography with Leaves
Most plants contain several pigment molecules, so experiment with different leaves to see the wide range of pigments. Middle school +
Water - Wine - Milk - Beer Chemistry Demo
Here's a color change chemistry demo in which a solution seems to change from water to wine to milk to beer simply be being poured into the appropriate beverage glass. High school+