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ACS K-8 Chemistry Resources Grades 1 to 8 American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society offers a complete series of activities for grades K-8, all based on hands-on experience. This opening page offers more than a dozen links to different programs and units. They could be a great resource for science teachers who need additional chemistry content or activities.

ACS Periodic Table Grades 6 to 12 American Chemical Society

Who better to offer an online periodic table than the American Chemical Society? Theirs is shockwave enhanced and offers links to a full complement of background information and resources on each element. There’s a wealth of information in this one, and this more than makes up for a less-than-perfect shockwave implementation.

Chemistry teachers should bookmark this one!

An Interactive Periodic Table Grades 6 to 12

Created at Los Alamos National Laboratory, this site offers a colorful periodic table with detailed scientific information on each element, along with notes on the uses of many of the elements listed. The result is far more engaging that one might initially believe.

Biointeractive Labs Grades 6 to 12 Howard Hughes Medical Institute

This main portion of this site is best suited for High School Biology and Biochemistry students looking to expand upon their in-class curriculum with virtual labs on DNA, chromosomes, and gender testing. The Animation Console has animations of basic and advanced body system functions and sex determination processes that can be downloaded for in-class demonstrations.

Elementary and Middle School teachers should look to the “Cool Science for Curious kids” link, which provides interactive science activities for younger age-groups.

Biology4Kids Grades 6 to 12

This site offers an introduction to three areas of bioology: cells, chemistry, and ecology, along with a set of study materials. Though the concepts are “real science,” the language is approachable and interesting enough to keep students engaged. This site is well worth a look for use as either a self-study or a resource to accompany an introduction to biology. Part of the Kapili.com collection.

Carbon Counter Grades 6 to 12

This site provides an interactive test for individual carbon dioxide emission, along with providing helpful hints for reducing those amounts. The site is actually geared to raise money for research projects geared toward controlling climate change, but the carbon counter itself is an interesting tool for demonstrating exactly how much CO2 pollution students can give off without realizing it.

Chem4kids Grades 6 to 12

Contains six sections ranging from Matter, to Math in Chemistry, and Chemical Reactions. Information on each topic is presented clearly. Hyperlinks are included to assist students in understanding terms.

ChemCenter Grades 6 to 12

This site focuses on chemical-related sciences. It is geared to chemical professionals in industry, and professionals in both education and government. Click on “Education” then scroll down to “K-12” for classroom resources divided into “K-8” and “High School Chemistry”.

Chemical Backgrounders Grades 6 to 12 National Safety Council

This site offers descriptive, usage, and safety information for scores of chemicals. Chemistry and science teachers may find this information useful in establishing safety or usage guidelines for specific chemicals used in laboratories or other activities.

Chemicals, the Environment, and You Grades 6 to 8 National Institutes of Health

Middle school students can learn a lot about hazardous materials and proper use of common household chemicals from this site from the National Institutes of Health. Teachers could use this content in a variety of contexts, either in whole or in part. Students will likely need some guidance in working through the material.

Creative Chemistry Grades 7 to 12 Harrogate Granby High School, UK

Designed by Dr. Nigel Saunders, Head of Chemistry, Harrogate Granby High School, UK, this site is loaded with “outside of the box” approaches to understanding and applying principles of science and chemistry. Interactive crossword puzzles, games, “missions,” PowerPoint shows, and quizzes can be used as entertaining and productive review tools for students. Structured worksheets are also provided to guide hands-on experiments on a variety of chemistry-related topics. Many of the ideas provided on this site would be ideal for use with a Chemistry Club. (Java, Javascript, and Adobe Acrobat Reader 4 or higher required.)

Double Helix Experiments Grades 6 to 12

This Australian site offers a collection of quality science experiments, some fairly simple, others more complex, all clearly presented. The activities include explanations of scientific principles and are grouped by subject matter. A great site for sparking a student’s interest in the world of science.

Experiencing Chemistry Grades 6 to 12 Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Chemistry is a lot less daunting when explained with real world examples. This site from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry offers just this sort of lesson activities drawn from more than a dozen different areas familiar to students. Entire lessons for some activities are available online. There are summary descriptions for the others.

Kitchen Chemistry Grades 5 to 8 Ohio Wesleyan University

An interesting and fun mini-unit on acids and bases using materials kids will be familiar with. The site clearly states objectives and contains well-developed activities. Could be used for grades 6-8.

NTTI Science Lessons Grades 7 to 12 NTTI/WNET

Here’s a collection of science lesson plans covering disciplines from geology to earth science, chemistry, and general science. Each includes complete procedures, standards references, and discussion. Some of these lessons use video clips as an integral component, so teachers will want to plan accordingly.

Science Quest Grades 6 to 12 Thinkquest

Neat, Java-enhanced lesson plans for chemistry, physics, and biology. A few bugs in the Java code, but they don’t seem to affect performance. These are marked as “don’t try this at home” experiments, but they come with lots of illustrations and instructions.

The Chemistry Hypermedia Project Grades 6 to 12

This site includes several hypermedia tutorials on Analytical Chemistry, Electronics, General and Inorganic Chemistry, Optics, and Lasers. The reviews could be part of a homework assignment.

Timelinescience Grades 4 to 12 Timelinescience

There’s a wealth of detailed information on the history of science behind the deceptively simple interface of this site. Students will find extensive biographies of important scientists, along with helpful chronologies of scientific breakthroughs and activities. Plan to spend some time on this one.

Teachers will find the site useful for developing background on the evolution of scientific thought and process.

Visionlearning Grades 6 to 12

Complete a free online registration and begin to explore an impressive collection of learning modules that address chemistry, general science, physics, astronomy, and earth science. Each module contains interactive animations, a glossary, related current events, practice exercises, and biographic information about scientists who worked with that particular concept. Registered users can personalize each module with comments, links, or notes. The free “MyClassroom” option allows teachers to post syllabi, and announcements, or store lesson plans.

WebElements Grades 6 to 12

Another periodic table site. This one has pictures of crystal structures, atomic weights, and lots of other data.


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