High School Chemistry Education Resources

Classroom Teaching Resources

Chemistry in the Community (ChemCom) Textbook
Explores fundamentals of chemistry through societal issues, with emphasis on organic, bio-, environmental, and industrial chemistry.

ChemMatters magazine
Award-winning magazine reveals chemistry at work in everyday life.

Energy Foundations for High School Chemistry
Visit highschoolenergy.acs.org for free fully-developed laboratory investigations, demos, student readings, and multimedia you can use to teach the big ideas about energy.  The entire collection is available for free download in PDF format.

Landmark Lesson Plans
Inquiry-based student activities designed for use in high school chemistry and history lesson planning

Green Chemistry Teaching Resources
Introduce your students to green chemistry concepts.

ACS Examinations Institute
High quality chemistry assessment and study materials.

“Hunting the Elements” TV show and educational materials
An engaging look at how the elements shape our world. The related classroom resources allow educators to explore the periodic table in detail with their students—from its basic structure and properties to the sometimes volatile behavior of specific elements. Among the many resources are “name that element,” a downloadable element iPad App and a classroom poster.

Education Standards, Guidelines, Safety

ACS Guidelines and Recommendations for the Teaching of High School Chemistry
Guidelines for facilities, safety, and professional growth.

High School Chemistry in the National Science Education Standards
Addresses science education standards specified by the National Research Council and provides models for meaningful classroom learning.

Classroom Safety
Guidelines and recommendations for teaching chemistry at various grade levels.

Grants and Awards

ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant
Apply for grants of up to $1,500 to purchase classroom equipment, develop resources, or pay for a professional development opportunity.

Teaching Chemistry to Students with Disabilities
Addresses needs of students with learning and physical disabilities.

Awards for Educators
Nominate a colleague for an ACS national or regional teaching award.

Professional Development

Student Programs & Resources

  • Project SEED
    Summer learning program for economically disadvantaged students