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Classroom Activities

  • Sweet and Colorful Density Column In this activity, students determine the density of a variety of sugar solutions and layer them to form a density column. View »
  • Dry Ice Explosion Demonstrate the physical states of carbon dioxide with the help of this video. View »
  • Freezing Point Depression Activity: Ice Cream Spring brings showers, sunshine, and the prospect of summer break. Celebrate with this cool, fun activity. It requires just a few inexpensive materials and can be the basis of an engaging lesson on colligative properties. View »
  • Periodic Table Mystery P is less dense than S. S is an alkali metal. E is a noble gas. In this activity, students generate a periodic table from clues and predict the missing properties of several elements based on the elements’ locations in the table. View »
  • Plate Tectonics Activity Here is a fascinating activity that will help you give your students a better understanding of Earth's structure and how it creates tectonic plate movement. View »
  • Stoichiometry and Limiting Reactant Develop a model for a limiting reactant in a chemical reaction, analyze combining ratios for reactions, and write balanced equations for them. Activity supports NGSS instruction. View »
  • Volcano in the Classroom Here’s a safe, easy, and vivid interpretation of a classic activity that won’t break the budget. All you’ll need are a few common items—a beaker, sand, water, a candle, and a hot plate. View »
  • Energy Is Energy Energy that we use has to come from somewhere. Even though one form of energy may seem different from another form, it really is all the same. Energy is energy. View »
  • More Paper Clip Chemistry Who knew the common paper clip could be such a versatile teaching assistant? This activity uses several paper clip styles to help students understand empirical formulas and relative masses. View »
  • A New Approach to Teaching Atomic Theory For chemistry teacher Siobhan Julian, teaching the history of atomic theory by lecture “was dry and tedious and boring for everyone involved.” Then she took a fresh approach—one that focuses on doing science to learn science history. View »
  • Fractional Distillation of a Carbonated Soft Drink How is crude oil refined into many valuable products? Students can find out with this lab activity. Substituting a soft drink for crude oil, they use fractional distillation to separate the soft drink into its components, or fractions. View »
  • Carolina Quick Tips®: Paper Chromatography of Pens and Acid-Base Indicators In this activity, students use paper chromatography to separate the components of black ink in pens and of an acid-base indicator solu- tion. View »
  • In a Fog? Cloud Formation Use this activity to explore the reasons for cloud formation. View »
  • Beads in a Bottle Density is a characteristic property of matter. In this activity, students apply their understanding of density to explain observations about immiscible liquids and objects suspended in them. Includes a materials list and step-by-step instructions. View »
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