ChemMatters Teacher's Guides

April 2015 Teacher's Guides

Teacher's Guides for Entire Issue

Teacher's Guides - April 2015 issue

Teacher's Guides By Article

Left Life? Right Life? Chirality in Action
Many molecules have a "right" and "left" form, and living matter is made of one type but not the other.

Parabens: A Source of Concern?
Studies have linked parabens to the incidence of breast cancer. Should we be concerned?

Smartphones, Smart Chemistry
One of the main reasons smartphones are so "smart" is their chemistry.

Venoms: From Lethal to Life-Saving
Surprisingly, venom contains toxins that can be used as antidotes to its most life-threatening effects.

The Skinny on Fats
Fats may not be as bad as we have been told.

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.