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ChemMatters Teacher's Guide

April 2014 Teacher's Guide

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April 2014 Teacher's Guide

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A Solar Future
Everyday items powered by the sun
Teacher's Guide

(Under)Arm Yourself with Chemistry!
Evolution of deodorants and anti-perspirants
Teacher's Guide

Skin Color: A Question of Chemistry
Differences in skin pigments
Teacher's Guide

Sinkholes: Chemistry Goes Deep
How sinkholes form
Teacher's Guide

Nail Polish: Cross-Linked Color on the Move 
Substances that create glamorous varnish
Teacher's Guide

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.


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