High School Chemistry Education Resources

Let Us Help You Navigate Distance Learning 

AACT Unlocks Selected Chemistry Education Resources Through April 17

In light of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) is offering support to help meet the growing need for online educational resources. 

For a limited time, AACT has unlocked select chemistry education resources to use with elementary through high school students.

These resources include activities, animations, projects, simulations, webinars and videos.

Start a Take Home Lab using household items. Set up is safe and easy. These lab activities are chemistry teacher-tested and approved!

Need help? Watch the Take Home Lab webinar recording

Free and open access to this content is available until March 31, 2020

Digital Access to ChemMatters Magazine  

ChemMatters provides many free online articles along with downloadable puzzles and Teacher’s Guides containing reading comprehension questions and additional online resources. Full digital issues are available by subscription or through AACT membership.

Additionally, to meet teachers’ need for distance learning materials, ChemMatters is providing current print subscribers with free digital access to all four issues from the 2019-2020 school year. If you’re a print-only subscriber, you can request digital access by completing this form.

Stay Informed About Student Opportunities and Scholarships

Project SEED is still accepting student applications for Summer 2020 starting March 31.

Chemistry Olympiad is expanding Local Section and National Exam testing windows. The laboratory section of the National Exam will be removed.

Classroom Teaching Resources

Teacher with students in a laboratory

Safety Data Sheets: Information that Could Save Your Life
Make Safety Data Sheets a part of your chemistry instruction and teach your students how to assess hazards related to chemicals with this ChemMatters article.

Download and share with your students and colleagues.


Sharing Resources for those Moving to Online Classes – COVID 19
ChemEdX is published under the ACS Division of Chemical Education. It compiled a curated list of resources and lessons that teachers can use over the coming weeks.

How to Succeed in Online Classes During the COVID-19 Pandemic 
COVID-19 is a monster situation to deal with, but you can still take control of your learning and keep up with classes. Here are 6 things you can do to thrive in distance learning.

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 Teaching Middle and High School Chemistry
The Guidelines emphasize essential components of a successful and safe learning environment for the teaching of chemistry. You’ll find research-based information about instruction, core ideas, physical instructional environment, safety, sustainability, and the professional responsibilities of teachers.

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
project seed text to give promo