Saturday, April 28, 2018

Students love activities with Dry Ice. The key is to obtain the Dry Ice in pellet form. The Dry Ice Lab day is truly a day to remember in chemistry.
The best way to blow up a balloon!
Students enjoy popping the bubbles!
Students enjoy taking pictures during this lab activity.
Dry Ice in pellet form - the best way to handle dry ice.
Students love the color changes while using different indicators.
The funnel bubble maker!
Students play hockey on the lab table using a dry ice pellet and stirring rods.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Start The "States of Matter" Unit with a student favorite!

Monday, March 12, 2018

A lab almost every day for the Stoichiometry Chapter. Start off with Observation of a Limiting Reagent, follow the next day with Observation of Excess Reagent. The students enjoy making chalk and drywall as they learn to calculate Grams to Gram and Percent Yield. The Putting it all Together Lab activity allows students to practice nomenclature, net ionic equations and stoichiometry. A great assessment of prior and current background knowledge.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Start your first day into stoichiometry with one-step dimensional analysis comparing what you have and what you need then off to the lab for students to see their predicted calculations will match their experimental results.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Precipitation Reaction Lab Lesson with WS and Exit Ticket makes a great day to learn how to predict precipitates.
Then follow up with the Precipitation Challenge where students determine the identity of each drop bottle solution.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

AP Chem Quick Review on EC, QN and Orbitals

These two labs make great activities for first year chemistry as an assessment or use them in AP Chemistry back to back in the first two days of reviewing EC, ODN, QN and atomic theory. Mini-lecture then activity! 
Electron Configuration and Orbital Diagram Notation

Shorthand Electron Configuration and Quantum Numbers

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Polar vs Nonpolar Balloon Activity

Use the same balloons used in Balloon Molecular Geometry Activity but this time determine symmetry, polarity and solubility and then apply knowledge to determine a solvent choice and best gas to collect by water displacement.

Students use models to record:
  1. Symmetrical or Not Symmetrical
  2. Decide Polar or Nonpolar
  3. Predict Soluble or Not Soluble in Water
  4. Draw Lewis Structure
  5. Decide Actual Shape and Hybridization
  6. Link possible compound list to balloon structure

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hands on Activities for Bonding

Students discover ionic and covalent solids do not conduct while ionic solids dissolves in water do conduct. Students test conductivity, solubility, research melting point and discover patterns.

First day into bonding! This activity drives home the idea that compounds are either ionic or covalent and ionic bonds are formed by transfer of electrons while covalent bonds are formed by sharing of electrons. Metallic elements are used for students to list as metallic bonding and to describe as "sea of electrons" bonding.

 Students build models, give actual shape, bond angle and decide if polar or nonpolar.

 A great lab activity to show basic shape vs. actual shape, polar vs. nonpolar and symmetrical vs. non-symmetrical. The balloon models help students understand the VSEPR model names.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Students love this UV Light Lab. A great way to learn terminology.
Light Energy and Electrons Lab

Sunday, September 24, 2017