Ch 1: Chemistry Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Since chemistry classes normally involve conducting experiments using a variety of materials and types of equipment, lab safety is paramount. This chapter provides some helpful tips on building useful lesson plans for science classes.

Chemistry Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Naturally, as a teacher, your primary concern is your students' safety, and part of ensuring that is teaching them to protect themselves and each other while working in the lab. In this chapter, you will gain some useful information on designing lesson plans that will teach these skills. You will read and view lessons covering the following:

  • Safety in the chemistry lab
  • How to work with tools and substances
  • Protecting eyes, faces, skin and more
  • Constructing appropriate lesson plans regarding lab safety

Quick video and text lessons are presented by fellow professionals who understand your position as a teacher. Informative and comprehensive despite their brevity, they offer up-to-date methodologies and techniques for lesson plans that you can incorporate in the classroom. The fully online platform is available 24/7/365, so you can schedule your study sessions at your convenience.

How It Helps

  • Builds student confidence: You will be provided with strategies that can help students work comfortably in a lab situation without undue stress.
  • Teaches correct procedures: You will be able to design lesson plans that will teach students how to prevent injury and protect themselves and each other.
  • Enhances student cooperation: Since chemistry labs often pair students into teams, these lesson plans will help you teach them to work together safely.

Skills Covered

When you are finished, you will:

  • Create viable lesson plans for chemistry classes
  • Discover new ways to guide students in safe lab techniques
  • Develop structured lesson plans for safety in chemistry labs

40 Lessons in Chapter 1: Chemistry Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Mixtures Lesson & Solutions Plan for Elementary School

1. Mixtures Lesson & Solutions Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan will help students learn to compare and contrast mixtures and solutions. Further, students will be able to follow sequential steps in an experiment, analyze results, and effectively use domain-specific vocabulary.

Physical & Chemical Changes Lesson Plan for Middle School

2. Physical & Chemical Changes Lesson Plan for Middle School

This lesson plan provides middle school teachers with activities for teaching physical science. Students will engage in activities that help them understand the difference between physical and chemical reactions.

Chemistry Essential Questions

3. Chemistry Essential Questions

Having a series of fundamental questions for students to focus on when studying chemistry is extremely helpful. Why not try using these essential questions in your chemistry class?

Chemistry Projects for High School

4. Chemistry Projects for High School

This lesson provides a wide array of activities that can be done in the chemistry classroom. Most include math skills along with the chemistry lesson.

Water Lesson Plan for Elementary School

5. Water Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Water, water everywhere! This interactive and engaging lesson plan uses an video lesson to teach properties of water and includes activities to make learning last. Use our quiz to test understanding.

Water Molecules Lesson Plan

6. Water Molecules Lesson Plan

Understanding water's unique properties helps explain a lot about water's behavior. This lesson uses hands-on activities to teach students about the makeup of water and how this relates to the properties of water.

Facts About Water Molecules: Structure & Properties

7. Facts About Water Molecules: Structure & Properties

Water is more unique than you might think, despite the huge quantities available on our planet. This lesson explores the structure of water and how it contributes to the properties we find so useful.

Properties of Water Lesson Plan

8. Properties of Water Lesson Plan

Water sounds dull, but it is actually quite unique. This lesson plan is full of hands-on activities and will help students grasp some of water's properties by explaining hydrogen bonding and the structure of water.

Water Polarity Lesson Plan

9. Water Polarity Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will explore the concept of molecular polarity. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss new information, and apply new concepts to the polarity of the water molecule.

Dimensional Analysis Lesson Plan

10. Dimensional Analysis Lesson Plan

Teachers, this lesson plan explores dimensional analysis. Students will read about and calculate conversion measurements, answer questions about the lesson, play a conversion game and take a quiz.

What is Dimensional Analysis? - Definition & Examples

11. What is Dimensional Analysis? - Definition & Examples

When we measure an object's size or amount, we encounter different units. Sometimes, we need to convert one unit to another, and this is where dimensional analysis comes in. In this lesson, we will learn about dimensional analysis and practice it.

Chemical Equilibrium Lesson Plan

12. Chemical Equilibrium Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about chemical equilibrium. Students will watch a video lesson that defines the term, explains how it's dynamic, tells about equilibrium constant, and demonstrates how chemists designate equilibrium. Active learning and a quiz make concepts stick.

Equilibrium: Chemical and Dynamic

13. Equilibrium: Chemical and Dynamic

Learn the definition of chemical equilibrium and how it is dynamic. Discover what the equilibrium constant is and how it shows whether the reaction favors the reactants or products. Learn how chemists designate equilibrium in an equation and how they show the difference in reaction rate.

Energy Transfer Lesson Plan

14. Energy Transfer Lesson Plan

How is energy transferred from one object to another? This lesson uses a video lesson to explain the processes involved in energy transfer. A fun experiment gives students the chance to test the theories they learned.

Enthalpy: Energy Transfer in Physical and Chemical Processes

15. Enthalpy: Energy Transfer in Physical and Chemical Processes

This video explores the relationship between chemistry and energy. We learn the general properties of energy and the concepts of temperature and heat. We will learn about energy flow and consider the enthalpy change during chemical reactions.

Entropy Lesson Plan

16. Entropy Lesson Plan

Teach your students about entropy with the help of this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson explaining physical and chemical changes associated with entropy, apply to hands-on learning modules, and take a quiz to check understanding.

Predicting the Entropy of Physical and Chemical Changes

17. Predicting the Entropy of Physical and Chemical Changes

Ever wonder why your bedroom always ends up a mess within hours of you tidying up? That is the magic of entropy. In this lesson, you'll learn why disorder is the natural state of matter and how we can predict entropy change in a physical or chemical reaction.

Molar Mass Lesson Plan

18. Molar Mass Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the concept of molar mass. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss new terms and scientific principles, and perform several practice calculations.

What is Molar Mass? - Definition, Formula & Examples

19. What is Molar Mass? - Definition, Formula & Examples

Compounds have mass, and this is what we call the molar mass. In this lesson, we will discuss the molar mass and go over examples on how to calculate it.

Forensic Chemistry Lesson Plan

20. Forensic Chemistry Lesson Plan

Forensics is a relatively new and quickly growing field. Your students will enjoy learning about forensic chemistry as they read and discuss a text lesson, help to clear a boy of wrongdoing, and take a quiz.

Molarity Lesson Plan

21. Molarity Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the concepts of molarity and molality of solutions. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss pertinent information, and practice solving for molarity and molality of solutions.

Avogadro's Number Lesson Plan

22. Avogadro's Number Lesson Plan

Understanding Avogadro's Number is a confusing part of chemistry. This lesson plan works to simplify the topic though a hands-on activity, a game, and then creating a mini-hint booklet.

Mole Ratio Lesson Plan

23. Mole Ratio Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to review stoichiometry and introduce mole ratios to your students. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss reviewed and new information, and perform several mole ratio practice problems.

Viscosity Lesson Plan

24. Viscosity Lesson Plan

Viscosity is often a confusing topic for students. This lesson plan allows students to explore viscosity with hands-on activities, as well as mathematically, and will make understanding viscosity attainable for students.

Thermochemistry Lesson Plan

25. Thermochemistry Lesson Plan

This lesson plan introduces students to state function in thermochemistry. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss new information, and perform a fun activity in which they explore the concepts of state functions and path functions.

Physical Change Lesson Plan

26. Physical Change Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will analyze a text to gain a deeper understanding of physical change. Next, they will complete in a series of hands-on, engaging tasks that put physical change in a real-world context.

Kinetic Molecular Theory Activities

27. Kinetic Molecular Theory Activities

The kinetic molecular theory is the basis for chemistry and explains how atoms and molecules behave. These activities will help students comprehend this important theory in a fun, interactive way.

Chromatography Lesson Plan

28. Chromatography Lesson Plan

This lesson plan offers instruction on chromatography. Students will learn to take notes in the form of an outline, conduct hands-on chromatography tests, and write persuasive essays based on the lesson topic.

Chemistry Activities for High School Biology

29. Chemistry Activities for High School Biology

Sometimes it's difficult to think of labs that integrate chemistry into the high school biology classroom, but don't worry, there are plenty! This series of activities provides hands-on, interactive activities for cells, enzymes, DNA and foods.

Metabolic Biochemistry Activities

30. Metabolic Biochemistry Activities

If you are a high school biology or chemistry teacher, helping your students understand metabolism and metabolic pathways might be an important part of your curriculum. This lesson offers activities to support you.

Thermodynamics in Chemistry Activities

31. Thermodynamics in Chemistry Activities

Thermodynamics is often thought of as a branch of physics, but it is also highly relevant within the study of chemistry. This lesson provides activities that will help your students understand thermodynamics in chemistry.

Chemistry Kinetics Activities

32. Chemistry Kinetics Activities

How can you make chemical reactions interesting to your students? The following activities will give you hands-on and engaging activities to teach your high school students.

Solutions, Electrolytes & Nonelectrolytes Lesson Plan

33. Solutions, Electrolytes & Nonelectrolytes Lesson Plan

Students will explore chemical solutions and associated concepts in this lesson. They will watch a video, answer discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

What is Chemistry? - Lesson Plan

34. What is Chemistry? - Lesson Plan

This lesson plan defines chemistry, discusses its history and explores the five branches of chemistry. Students will watch a video, answer discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Physical Properties of Metals and Nonmetals Lesson Plan

35. Physical Properties of Metals and Nonmetals Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will engage in activities that help them understand the organization of the periodic table. They will learn about the physical properties of metals, nonmetals, and metalloids.

Types of Mixtures Lesson Plan

36. Types of Mixtures Lesson Plan

Your students will investigate solids, gases, and liquids to identify them as belonging to one of the three types of mixtures. Class discussion and a group activity/game will help solidify the concepts of the lesson.

Three States of Matter Project Ideas

37. Three States of Matter Project Ideas

The world around us is comprised of matter. These projects support students as they learn about matter in the form of solids, liquids, and gases using engaging, hands-on experiments.

Separating Mixtures Lesson Plan

38. Separating Mixtures Lesson Plan

In this useful lesson, your students will learn about separating mixtures. They will view a video lesson on mixture separation, take a related quiz, and take part in a hands-on activity to reinforce newly acquired concepts.

Gay-Lussac's Law Lesson Plan

39. Gay-Lussac's Law Lesson Plan

Educate your students about Gay-Lussac's law with this helpful lesson plan. They will view a video lesson, take a related quiz, and watch an experiment that will help to solidify newly-learned concepts.

Make a Mole Project Ideas

40. Make a Mole Project Ideas

As a creative and fun way to break up a unit on Avogadro's number, these projects ask student to make moles (the burrowing mammal) and encourage them to find unique ways to remember the chemical quantity.

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