Chemistry

Ideas and inspiration for your chemistry classroom.

  • Foiled again: Science of keeping Thanksgiving leftovers safe

    Foiled again: Science of keeping Thanksgiving leftovers safe

    A timely discussion about handling Thanksgiving leftovers to expand students' understanding of food-science topics.

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  • Demonstrate oxidation states of manganese with this colorful free activity download1:22

    Demonstrate oxidation states of manganese with this colorful free activity download

    Introduce students to this consequential transition element with our colorful lab activity that demonstrates the various oxidation states of manganese.

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  • Explore the building blocks of everything, with the periodic table, plus a free student handout from McGraw Hill’s AccessScience

    Explore the building blocks of everything, with the periodic table, plus a free student handout from McGraw Hill’s AccessScience

    This free resource helps students learn how the elements make up everything on the earth, in the solar system, and in the universe.

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  • 15 hands-on chemistry activities to do at home or school – with FREE downloads

    15 hands-on chemistry activities to do at home or school – with FREE downloads

    Check out 15 of our most popular chemistry activity downloads in one convenient place. Covers classroom or distance-learning lessons.

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  • It's easy to gauge science fun with this free Under Pressure activity

    It's easy to gauge science fun with this free Under Pressure activity

    This activity helps students investigate Boyle's law and the behavior of colloid particles when exposed to pressure changes.

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  • Halloween fun with chemical reactions: Jack-o-lantern tube of toothpaste demo3:24

    Halloween fun with chemical reactions: Jack-o-lantern tube of toothpaste demo

    Beware! This demonstration is dramatic (and we know students love drama!). Here’s a spooky Halloween demonstration to teach on exothermic processes, catalysis, and more.

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  • A battery of hands-on science fun with this free Orange Clock activity

    A battery of hands-on science fun with this free Orange Clock activity

    Give students a boost from using fruit to demonstrate how batteries convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy.

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  • Cross-link science and fun with this free Joke Juice activity

    Cross-link science and fun with this free Joke Juice activity

    A quick and easy activity illustrating the effect of cross-linking on a polymer

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  • Delayed reactions in action with this free iodine clock activity

    Delayed reactions in action with this free iodine clock activity

    A quick and easy activity illustrating the effect of concentration, temperature, and a catalyst on the rate of reaction.

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  • Chill out in the lab with this free endothermic freezer flask activity

    Chill out in the lab with this free endothermic freezer flask activity

    A hands-on way to help the students in your class investigate endothermic reactions.

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  • Soak up this free disappearing water activity

    Soak up this free disappearing water activity

    Use this free activity to whet your students’ appetite for exploring superabsorbent, hydrophilic polymers and their real-world applications.

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  • Eureka! A free density column activity

    Eureka! A free density column activity

    Students discover the basics about the relative densities of solid objects and the intriguing ways “density matters” in real-world applications.

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  • Heat up your chemistry class with this free exothermic crystallization activity

    Heat up your chemistry class with this free exothermic crystallization activity

    A hands-on way to help the students in your class investigate exothermic crystallization and supersaturated solutions.

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  • Red, white and boom! How fireworks work.

    Red, white and boom! How fireworks work.

    The budding pyrotechnic engineers in your science class will be excited to learn how chemistry is behind the beautiful colors and thunderous sounds of fireworks.

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  • Crush it in your chemistry class with this free crushing can activity

    Crush it in your chemistry class with this free crushing can activity

    A hands-on way to help the students in your class investigate how gases behave when exposed to temperature, pressure, and volume changes.

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  • Chemicals in the classroom – a quick guide to safety and purity.

    Chemicals in the classroom – a quick guide to safety and purity.

    Keep this printable chart of safer chemical substitutions on hand for ways to minimize risk to students and staff during chemistry activities.

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  • Dig up the facts on Soil Chemistry with McGraw Hill’s AccessScience

    Dig up the facts on Soil Chemistry with McGraw Hill’s AccessScience

    Unearth the science behind soil to introduce students to various STEM concepts, including soil formation, classification, and mapping; and physical, chemical, biological, and fertility properties.

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  • Have no fear; your hydrophobic effect activity is here!

    Have no fear; your hydrophobic effect activity is here!

    Demonstrate the hydrophobic effect, surface tension, and hydrogen bonding with this fascinating underwater activity.

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  • Shed light on chemiluminescence with this simple activity

    Shed light on chemiluminescence with this simple activity

    Help students discover the science behind cool things like glow sticks, fireflies, jellyfish, and even crime scene investigations.

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  • Get the facts about bacteriology and a free student handout from McGraw Hill's AccessScience

    Get the facts about bacteriology and a free student handout from McGraw Hill's AccessScience

    Inspire students to explore the bacteriology tools used by geneticists, epidemiologists, doctors, archeologists, historians, forensic scientists, and farmers.

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