ChemMatters Teacher's Guide
April 2014 Teacher's Guide
A Solar Future
Everyday items powered by the sun
(Under)Arm Yourself with Chemistry!
Evolution of deodorants and anti-perspirants
Skin Color: A Question of Chemistry
Differences in skin pigments
Sinkholes: Chemistry Goes Deep
How sinkholes form
Nail Polish: Cross-Linked Color on the Move
Substances that create glamorous varnish
Using the ChemMatters Teacher's Guide in the classroom
Give students an opportunity to earn extra credit
Assign the “Student Questions” found in the Teacher’s Guide from each edition as extra credit. Or consider giving students the opportunity to write their own ChemMatters article by explaining the chemistry concepts behind an everyday activity or product. Or allow students to read a ChemMatters article and ask them to develop a presentation for the entire class in which they explain the chemistry involved in the article.
Assign ChemMatters as a homework assignment
Use the questions found in the Teacher’s Guide from each issue as the basis for a homework assignment that requires students to read the article and respond to it.
Use ChemMatters as a key component of an emergency lesson plan
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.