Explore inquiry-based lesson plans that cover basic chemistry concepts
Students are introduced to the idea that matter is composed of atoms and molecules that are attracted to each other and in constant motion. Students explore the attractions and motion of atoms and molecules as they experiment with and observe the heating and cooling of a solid, liquid, and gas.
Students help design experiments to test whether the temperature of water affects the rate of evaporation and whether the temperature of water vapor affects the rate of condensation. Students also look in more detail at the water molecule to help explain the state changes of water.
Students experiment with objects that have the same volume but different mass and other objects that have the same mass but different volume to develop a meaning of density. Students also experiment with density in the context of sinking and floating and look at substances on the molecular level to discover why one substance is more or less dense than another.
Students look more deeply into the structure of the atom and play a game to better understand the relationship between protons, neutrons, electrons, and energy levels in atoms and their location in the periodic table. Students will also explore covalent and ionic bonding.
Students investigate the polarity of the water molecule and design tests to compare water to less polar liquids for evaporation rate, surface tension, and ability to dissolve certain substances. Students also discover that dissolving applies to solids, liquids, and gases.
- 5.1: Water is a Polar Molecule
- 5.2: Surface Tension
- 5.3: Why Does Water Dissolve Salt?
- 5.4: Why Does Water Dissolve Sugar?
- 5.5: Using Dissolving to Identify an Unknown
- 5.6: Does Temperature Affect Dissolving?
- 5.7: Can Liquids Dissolve in Water?
- 5.8: Can Gases Dissolve in Water?
- 5.9: Temperature Changes in Dissolving
Students explore the concept that chemical reactions involve the breaking of bonds between atoms in the reactants, and the rearrangement and rebonding of these atoms to make the products. Students investigate reactions which produce a gas, form a precipitate, and cause a color change. Students also explore endothermic and exothermic reactions and do an engineering activity to design a device using an exothermic reaction.
- 6.1: What is a Chemical Reaction?
- 6.2: Controlling the Amount of Products in a Chemical Reaction
- 6.3: Forming a Precipitate
- 6.4: Temperature and Rate of a Chemical Reaction
- 6.5: A Catalyst and the Rate of Reaction
- 6.6: Using Chemical Change to Identify an Unknown
- 6.7: Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions
- 6.8: pH and Color Change
- 6.9: Neutralizing Acids and Bases
- 6.10: Carbon Dioxide Can Make a Solution Acidic
- 6.11: Chemical Reactions & Engineering Design
- 6.12: Natural Resources & Synthetic Materials