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AACT Unlocks Additional Free Educational Resources Through April 17, 2020

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 is unlocking selected chemistry education resources for elementary through high school students.

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

Find safe, educational activities to do at home using everyday household items! 

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

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Keep Chemists Celebrate Earth Week 2020 Going

Public gatherings are being cancelled or postponed to protect us all from COVID-19. But you can still celebrate 50 years of Earth Day during Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) right at home! The 2020 Theme is "Protecting Our Planet With Chemistry." 

There are plenty of activities to share without the fear of sharing germs!

Right Now Resources for Right Now Learning 

Grades K-5

Inquiry in Action

Free lesson plans aligned to NGSS, student activity sheets, and integrated animations help students understand chemistry in everyday life.

Grades K-5

Adventures in Chemistry

Kids and parents can explore chemistry with games, videos, hands-on activities, and other fun interactive content. 

Grades 6-8

Middle School Chemistry

Free lesson plans aligned to NGSS, student activity sheets, and integrated molecular animations build a strong foundation for chemistry.


PreK - Grade 2

Science Activity Books for Early Learners

Poems, stories, and science activities in these colorful 64-page books help your curious young scientist explore the science in everyday life.

Grades 3-5

The Best of WonderScience

Two volumes with over 600 science activities helps parents and teachers guide students to investigate science in the world around them. 

Grades 3-5

Inquiry in Action
3rd edition, 2007

An oldie but goodie – Inquiry in Action features chemistry-related physical science lessons that encourage upper elementary students to observe and explore through science investigations. 

Classroom Safety Guides

Child at school wearing safety goggles
These classroom safety guides help teachers encourage safe practices and create a safe environment for students to engage in scientific exploration in the classroom and the laboratory. 

Teach Chemistry? Join AACT!

Join the American Association of Chemistry Teachers to access teacher development webinars, interactive chemistry simulations, and an extensive library of teacher-developed lesson plans. 

Learn more at www.teachchemistry.org and join today!

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