After you have introduced a new concept in the classroom, use an article from ChemMatters to illustrate how it relates to students' everyday lives. Or consider starting with a concept in ChemMatters and working backward to incorporate chemistry in your lesson plan.
Because ChemMatters explains chemistry behind everyday phenomena, it makes great supplementary reading. Students will be able to see the applications behind chemical concepts and how these applications affect the world around them.
A team of five high school teachers puts together Teacher's Guides for every article published in every issue of ChemMatters. The Teacher's Guides for the current school year and the past three school years are available FREE online (whether or not you are a ChemMatters subscriber or an AACT member). You can use these Teacher's Guides in one of two ways:
Because ChemMatters covers a broad range of topics, it can be a great starting place for students to write a research report involving chemistry or science. Each ChemMatters article is written in an accessible manner, allowing students to grasp chemistry concepts that they can then research further or incorporate into a presentation or a research paper.
Because ChemMatters incorporates basic chemistry principles, it reinforces lessons from class while exposing students to new information.
With sample questions and background information available in the ChemMatters Teacher's Guides, having an emergency lesson plan couldn’t be easier! Use the related ChemMatters article as the basis for instruction and background information as supplementary teaching material, and then have students answer the “Student Questions” in class.