The Study of Life
The Chemistry of Life
Photosynthesis and Respiration
DNA and RNA
Mitosis and Meiosis
The History of Life
Principles of Ecology
Communities and Biomes
Diversity of Life
The Study of Matter
The Periodic Table
Water and It’ Solutions
Acids and Bases
Activities Labs Links
Distinguish between chemical and physcial changes with this "Changes in Matter" activity.
Prepare unknown samples of heterogeneous mixtures, homogeneous mixtures (solutions), and pure substances, then us
activity. It includes an evaluation in PDF form.
Try this "Elements and the Periodic Table" Puzzle
Have fun learning the symbols for the elements with this "Elemental Tale"
Make "Oobleck" and describe it's properties. Get teacher overview and materials list here and activity in
Try this "The Study of Matter" wordsearch
Or do this "The Study of Matter" crossword puzzle
If you use Holt's Modern Chemistry, do Abigail Freiberger's Chapter 1, "Matter and Change" Study Guides for objectives 1
, and 4
. Also, use her Homework Worksheet
, Practice Problems
for the chapter. And you might want to show these PowerPoint presentations for the first
second halves of the chapter.
Show The World of Chemistry video, "A State of Matter," and have students answer the questio
States of Matter" worksheet.
Try Arbor Scientific's "Exploring Matter Activities" that include demos, labs, and activities.
This "States of Matter mini-module"
contains pre- and post-tests, activities, labs, and worksheets.
Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science designed this "Density Column Using Recyclable Plastics"
middle school activity to explain the concepts governing the recycling of plastics, problems encountered in the recycling p
used, and to gain an understanding of the differing properties of each type of plastic using density to illustrate the concep
"Introducing Inquiry and the Nature of Science" introduces basic procedures involved in inquiry and concepts describing t
For middle school students try these Sponge Bob Science worksheets, "Bikini Bottom Experiments"
and "Controls and Variables"
The movie "October Sky" is the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik laun
wishes. It is an inspirational movie that demonstrates how boys, through trial an error were able to construct a rocket th
top award. Here is an "October Sky"
Try Evan's Chemistry Corner's "Matter vs Not Matter"
worksheet with these
Or try his "Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures"
worksheet that has students read a poem about these and answer questions from it.
Do his "The Nature of Matter"
A good middle school activity for introducing controls and variables in an experiment is "Identify the Controls and Variabl
NSTA Listserve has used the site to create the worksheet "The Simpsons - Identifying the Controls and Variables"
Introduce students to the Metric System with The Science Spot's "Metric Mania Lessons."
And then try this "Data, data everywhere: Measurement Scavenger Hunt"
with this student worksheet
or this "Mini-Metric Olymics"
Use the Scientific Method to solve the "Egg In a Bottle" problem.
Do the "Observation of a Candle" lab.
Demonstrate a chemical change.
Middle School lab on Properties of Matter
Another demonstraton of density is "The Sinking or Floating Cans" demo.
"Kitchen Chaos" is a white powders lab simulation that would be great for middle school students.
"What Chemists Do: Identification and Analysis" is a form of the traditional white powders lab a
Do this "Dunkin' for Density"
lab with data sheet
Demonstrate density with the Flinn Scientific Inc. "Case of the Sunken Ice Cube"
Do the Flinn Scientific Inc. "How Sweet It Is: A Colorful Sugar Solution Density Column"
Try this "Physical and Chemical Changes" lab.
The "Comparing Compounds and Mixtures"
lab was found at Evan's Chemistry Corner.
His "My Type of Mixture"
lab demonstrates the difference between homogenius and heterogenius mixtures.
Use Tracie Schroeder's worksheet to teach students "How to Light a Bunsen Burner
Start the year off with some of these "First Day Demonstrations"
Test your students observation skills by doing the "Cheese Candle"
Chemical of the Week: http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/chemweek/chemweek.html
Animation on properties of matter: http://ippex.pppl.gov/interactive/matter/intro.html
Online "Classifying Matter" Quiz: http://antoine.frostburg.edu/chem/senese/101/matter/classify-matter-quiz.shtml
"What Is Chemistry" slide presentation: http://antoine.frostburg.edu/chem/senese/101/intro/slides/sld002.htm
"Classification of Matter" slide presentation: http://antoine.frostburg.edu/chem/senese/101/matter/slides/sld003.htm
s (solutions), and pure substances, then use this "Classifying Chemicals Using Properties"
ials list here and activity in
and Change" Study Guides for objectives 1
t presentations for the first
d have students answer the questions on this "World of Chemistry:
g Recyclable Plastics"
cs, problems encountered in the recycling process due to the different types of plastics
plastic using density to illustrate the concept of density.
volved in inquiry and concepts describing the nature of science.
who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's
an error were able to construct a rocket that lead to winning the National Science Fair's
riment is "Identify the Controls and Variables" with the Simpsons. Lisa Smith from the
tifying the Controls and Variables"
pot's "Metric Mania Lessons."
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dle school students.
the traditional white powders lab and "Mystery Powder Lab" is another
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