Students will read the first part of the book by Dr. Seuss, "Bartholomew and the Oobleck," where they learn about the mysterious substance "Oobleck", created by a group of magicians in the story. Students then make Oobleck from cornstarch and water and observe its properties, realizing that Oobleck does not behave like other solids or liquids. After experiencing Oobleck first hand, students create their own ending to "Bartholomew and the Oobleck".View this entire lesson plan
Students will engage in an exploration demonstrating the Octet rule and chemical bonding using paper models of elements forming covalent and ionic compounds.View this entire lesson plan
Students observe the browning of apples after cut and being exposed to air and brainstorm ideas about why this might be happening.
Students think about ways to slow down or prevent the browning effect and in teams create and conduct a simple experiment to test their ideas.
Dietary minerals are available through ingestion of food and supplements. In this lesson, students first examine the chemical reaction of two forms of iron, Fe0 and F+2 with various pH conditions of either the stomach or intestine to determine how it gets absorbed and eliminated in the body. Then students isolate iron from the foods we eat (such as cereal) using a magnet to attract elemental iron or Fe0.View this entire lesson plan
A crime is staged in the classroom. After observing the crime scene, student identify and collect crime scene evidence. Students use blood typing analysis, microscopy, and chromatography to analyze the evidence. The list of suspects is narrowed to identify the potential culprit. This lesson may be done in two parts or as one long session.View this entire lesson plan
Students will test a variety of food samples for the presence of lipids, proteins, simple and complex carbohydrates.View this entire lesson plan
Students will be able to see the iron filings in breakfast cereal fortified with iron and qualitatively compare the iron content between 2 different cereals. They will also see that as part of a salt solution, some elements give off characteristic colors when placed in a flame.View this entire lesson plan
This activity is based on a lesson from the Living by Chemistry curriculum developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science (see citation).
During this activity students explore in depth their own understanding of what constitutes "matter" and work together as a group to create a definition for matter.
Students work in pairs to debate how to sort "items" printed on cards into three categories: "matter", "non-matter" and "unsure" and then try to determine what properties all items in each category have in common. A whole class discussion about "tricky" items follows during which students ultimately agree on a definition of matter.
You can choose which cards you would like to use depending on your students' age, abilities, and experiences. As an example, for elementary grades, you might choose not to use the entire set.View this entire lesson plan
Students investigate the difference between ice and dry ice, and review the concept of control and variable. The scientists demonstrate condensation, sublimation, and freezing with a series of object lessons.View this entire lesson plan