ChemMatters Teacher's Guide

December 2014 Teacher's Guide

Teacher's Guide for Entire Issue

Teacher's Guides - December 2014 issue

Teacher's Guide By Article

So Tired in the Morning... The Science of Sleep
The brain chemistry of sleep

How Toxic Is Toxic?
How scientists know whether a substance is toxic

A Measure of Confusion
Why hasn't the United States adopted the metric system?

Red, Brown, Black, Orange Hair Today, Bleached Tomorrow
We explain how hair bleaching products work

Pheromones: The Chemical Language of Animals
Unlike people, many animals use a "chemical" language to communicate

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.