between chemical and physcial
with this "Changes
in Matter" activity.
unknown samples of heterogeneous
homogeneous mixtures (solutions), and pure substances, then use this "Classifying Chemicals Using Properties"
activity. It includes an evaluation in PDF form.
- Try this
"Elements and the Periodic Table"
- Have fun
learning the symbols for the
with this "Elemental Tale" .
- Make "Oobleck"
and describe it's
properties. Get teacher overview and materials list here
- Try this "The
Study of Matter"
with answers .
- Or do this
"The Study of Matter" crossword
- If you use
do Abigail Freiberger's Chapter 1,
"Matter and Change" Study Guides for objectives 1 ,
and 4 .
Also, use her Homework
for the chapter. And you
might want to show these PowerPoint presentations
for the first
second halves of the chapter.
- Show The World of Chemistry video,
"A State of Matter," and have students answer the questions on this "World of Chemistry: States of Matter"
- Try Arbor
Scientific's "Exploring Matter Activities"
include demos, labs, and activities.
- This "States
contains pre- and post-tests,
activities, labs, and worksheets.
Student Volunteers for
Science designed this "Density
Column Using Recyclable
middle school activity to explain the
concepts governing the recycling of plastics, problems encountered in
the recycling process due to the different types of plastics used, and
to gain an understanding of the differing properties of each type of
plastic using density to illustrate the concept of density.
- "Introducing Inquiry and the Nature of
introduces basic procedures involved in inquiry and concepts describing
the nature of science.
- For middle
school students try these Sponge
Science worksheets, "Bikini Bottom Experiments"
and "Controls and Variables" .
- The movie
"October Sky" is
the true story of Homer
Hickam, a coal miner's son who
was inspired by
the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's
wishes. It is an inspirational movie that demonstrates how
boys, through trial an error were able to construct a rocket that lead
to winning the National Science Fair's top award.
Here is an "October Sky"
- Try Evan's
"Matter vs Not Matter"
worksheet with these
try his "Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures"
worksheet that has students
read a poem about these and answer questions from it.
his "The Nature of Matter"
- A good
middle school activity for introducing controls and variables in an
experiment is "Identify
the Controls and Variables" with
the Simpsons. Lisa
Smith from the NSTA Listserve
has used the site to
create the worksheet "The Simpsons - Identifying the Controls and
students to the Metric System with The
- And then
try this "Data, data everywhere: Measurement Scavenger Hunt"
with this student worksheet or
this "Mini-Metric Olymics" activity.
density with Flinn Scientific's
"The Case of the Sunken Ice Cube" demonstration.
- Use the Scientific
solve the "Egg In a Bottle"
- Do the "Observation
of a Candle" lab.
- Demonstrate a chemical change.
- Middle School
lab on Properties of
demonstraton of density is "The
Sinking or Floating Cans"
- "Kitchen Chaos"
is a white powders
lab simulation that would be great for middle school students.
Chemists Do: Identification and Analysis"
is a form of the
traditional white powders lab and "Mystery
Powder Lab" is another version.
- Do this
"Dunkin' for Density"
lab with data sheet .
density with the Flinn
Scientific Inc. "Case of the
Sunken Ice Cube"
Inc. "How Sweet
It Is: A Colorful Sugar Solution Density Column" demonstration.
- Try this "Physical and Chemical Changes"
- The "Comparing
Compounds and Mixtures"
lab was found at Evan's
"My Type of Mixture"
lab demonstrates the
difference between homogenius and heterogenius mixtures.
worksheet to teach students "How to Light a Bunsen Burner ."
the year off with some
of these "First Day Demonstrations" .
observation skills by doing the "Cheese Candle" demo.
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