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  • AP® Chemistry: Scientific and Technical Writing A good method for honing writing skills is to edit another’s work. This activity includes 2 AP® test question responses for students to rewrite. View »
  • Do-It-Yourself Snowflakes Snow delights most students and frustrates most teachers. Please everyone when you create snowflakes in the comfort of your classroom. This fun demonstration or group activity can introduce crystal structures and formation. View »
  • Molecular Geometry with Balloons For some students, molecular geometry can be tricky to understand, but with this hands-on, engaging activity, it doesn’t have to be. View »
  • Cooking Eggs with Chemicals Introduce high school biology and chemistry students to the concept of denatured proteins with this inexpensive, fun demonstration. View »
  • Teaching Chemistry with Manipulatives Manipulatives can help students (especially visual and tactile learners) understand abstract concepts by allowing them to “see” a chemical structure or process. We offer 2 ideas for creating manipulatives and how to use them. View »
  • Food Calorimetry: How to Measure Calories in Food Help your students learn how to determine the calories in food with this hands-on lab activity. Using common, inexpensive materials, students construct a calorimeter and test several food samples to determine their energy content. Addresses selected National Science Education Standards for grades 9–12. View »
  • What Goes On Inside a Spectrophotometer? A spectrophotometer measures the amount of light absorbed or transmitted as it passes through a sample, such as a solution containing food dye. Use this article to cover the basics of how a spectrophotometer works. View »
  • Keep Calm and Chemistry On: Tips for the New Chemistry Teacher Learn fresh ways to create interest in your chemistry lab. These easy, engaging, and safe activities are sure to produce a reaction from your students. Designed for the new teacher, but the experienced can find something useful, too. View »
  • Making Magnetic Slime Everyone loves slime and magnets. Now you can integrate both into your lesson on magnetic properties! This activity is every bit as engaging as it is educational. Your students are sure to give it 2 (slimy) thumbs up! View »
  • Sticky-Tape Electroscope Most everyone has seen static electricity in action. Your unit on electricity probably includes 1 or 2 demos of it. Do more with your next lesson on static electricity by making it a lesson on the scientific method, using this easy, inexpensive activity. View »
  • Egg-cellent Chemistry: Teach Key Concepts by Decorating Eggs Decorating eggs is a fun way for students to explore a range of scientific concepts (such as pH and acids and bases) and make real-world connections. Here are 2 activities that are to dye for! View »
  • Sweet and Colorful Density Column In this activity, students determine the density of a variety of sugar solutions and layer them to form a density column. View »
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