Activities

ChemEd X activities are student-centered resources intended to aid learning chemistry topics.

ChemEd X emphasizes inquiry-based activities where students pose questions (with direction from the teacher) and then attempt to discover the answers through scientific inquiry.

bell ringer 1
by Amy Zitzelberger
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 12:22

This is my first year of using Modeling Instruction in my chemistry classes. During a fit of productivity, I created some bell ringers for unit one, which is partly about conservation of mass. I hope you will find them useful. Comments are welcome. I would love to see what others might be using.

Comments: 8
Recent activity: 5 months 3 weeks ago
What Not To Do Lab
by Doug Ragan
Wed, 08/26/2015 - 09:26

During the first week of school, I welcome my students to the What Not To Do Lab. The PDF is available for free at the Laboratory Safety Institute website. I use the cartoon activity to review their Safety Contract handout from the night before (I use the one from FLINN Scientific). With more than 30 safety violations shown, the cartoon serves as a great ice breaker as I have each student introduce themselves and then list a safety infraction being shown on the cartoon.

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Recent activity: 8 months 2 weeks ago
Building Molar Mass, molar mass calculations, mole calculations
by Doug Ragan
Sun, 05/10/2015 - 21:27

An advantage to teaching on the trimester schedule allows me the opportunity to teach the same course again roughly twelve weeks later. So after grading my 2nd trimester students’ Chemistry B final exams, I was able to evaluate certain topics that caused my students problems, reflect on my teaching, and then determine how I was going to better prepare my students in the 3rd trimester chemistry B class.

Recent activity: 8 months 2 weeks ago
by MeyersChemistry
Fri, 12/12/2014 - 11:34

In a recent post, I indicated that I would make available the Chemical Reactions lab that I modified to meet NGSS guidelines. Enjoy!

Recent activity: 8 months 2 weeks ago
Writing Conversion Factors Preview
by DAVID LICATA
Sat, 11/15/2014 - 23:01

This worksheet is intended to be used as a "Guided Instructional Activity" (GIA). Students read a statement that gives a either a conversion factor or a pair of related measures and then write the information as two equivalent fractions ("conversion factors") and as an equality.

Recent activity: 8 months 2 weeks ago
Initial framework for use with stoichiometry GIAs
by DAVID LICATA
Sat, 11/08/2014 - 21:40

This set of three worksheets are intended to be used as collaborative "Guided Instructional Activities" (GIAs). Two students cooperate to complete the steps of a stoichiometry problem, alternately doing parts of the process as they explain what they are doing and evaluate their partner's work.

Recent activity: 8 months 2 weeks ago
Mole Conversion Guided Instructional Activity Preview
by DAVID LICATA
Fri, 11/07/2014 - 23:37

The three "Guided Instructional Activities" in this activity are three cooperative learning pieces in which students are guided through the process of converting from one unit to moles (or moles to a unit) by the method of "unit analysis" (dimensional analysis). Students alternate steps in the process and evaluate the success of each step.

Recent activity: 8 months 2 weeks ago
Screenshot of a portion of the worksheet
by DAVID LICATA
Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:52

This worksheet asks students to do basic conversions of mass or molecules to moles and vice versa. The worksheet requires students to complete their work in a particular format and to inlcude number, unit, and chemical identity for each item in the "given," in each conversion factor, and in the answer.

Recent activity: 8 months 2 weeks ago
Finding and Writing Molar Mass Screenshot
by DAVID LICATA
Tue, 11/04/2014 - 20:09

This worksheet is intended to be used as a "Guided Instructional Activity" (GIA). It asks students to find the molar mass of selected elements and write the molar mass as two equivalent fractions ("conversion factors") and as an equality. In each representation, students are forced to give the numeral of the measure, unit, and identity of the chemical.

Recent activity: 8 months 2 weeks ago
Ignition of sugar and potassium chlorate produces purple flames and sparks.
by DAVID LICATA
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 21:39

Given the amount of one reactant, students must use stoichiometry to find the ideal amount of the second reagent to use to create purple fireworks. The teacher ignites each groups' fireworks. Ideal mixture create little or no ash. Student assignment sheet with directions (and different initial amounts) plus teacher information and sample answers are included. This is an exciting and engaging activity that can be used as a stoichiometry quiz.

Comments: 14
Recent activity: 8 months 2 weeks ago