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

Sunday, July 2, 2017

First Week of School Labs and Activities - Start the first few days of school teaching scientific method, lab safety, lab equipment and separation techniques.
  • Student find out beakers and flasks are not used to accurately measure liquids
  • Particle size affects the rate of a reaction
  • Mortar and pestle is used to crush a substance
  • Decanting and Filtration are physical separation techniques
First Week of School Labs

Friday, January 13, 2017

A great day to do Empirical Formulas!

Today was a fantastic day to practice empirical formulas. I love my class and was able to teach them this fantastic lesson. This lesson plan can be purchased by click on the image link below.

Empirical Lesson Plan

Chemical Quantities Unit - Introduce Empirical Formula Calculations then send students to the lab area and do Empirical Formula Activity. The next day Introduce Molecular Formula Calculations and then send students to lab area to do Molecular Formula Activity.
Molecular Formula Lesson Plan