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Ch 3: Inorganic Chemistry for High School Biology Lesson Plans

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The Inorganic Chemistry chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach inorganic chemistry concepts in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our curriculum as a guide.

Weekly Curriculum

Below is a sample breakdown of the Inorganic Chemistry chapter into an 8-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Foundational elements of life;
The atom;
Electron shell
Oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium and trace elements;
Protons, neutrons, electrons, atomic number and atomic nucleus;
Electron cloud, energy level and valence electrons
Tuesday Chemical bonds I;
Chemical bonds II
Molecule and covalent bonds;
Electronegativity and ionic bonds
Wednesday Chemical bonds III;
Chemical bonds IV
Polar covalent bonds, partial positive and negative charges;
Hydrogen bonds and intermolecular and intramolecular bonds
Thursday Properties of water;
Solutions, solutes and solvents
Density, crystalline structure, specific heat and capillary action;
Hydrophilic and hydrophobic molecules
Friday Osmosis, diffusion and saturation;
Acids and bases; Thermodynamics
Osmotic pressure, isotonic, hypotonic and hypertonic solutions, solubility, unsaturated, saturated and supersaturated solutions;
PH scale;
First and second laws of thermodynamics
Monday Chemical reactions;
Re-dox (oxidation-reduction)
Neutralization reaction, free energy and chemical equilibrium;
Reducing and oxidizing agents and electronegativity
Tuesday Hydrolysis and dehydration;
Ionic compounds
Macromolecules, monomers and polynomers, dehydration reactions and enzymes;
Ions, cations and anions
Wednesday Anabolism and catabolism;
Weak acids, weak bases and buffers
Metabolism and cellular respiration;
Acidity constant, pKa and conjugate acids and bases

20 Lessons in Chapter 3: Inorganic Chemistry for High School Biology Lesson Plans
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What Are Elements?

1. What Are Elements?

Look around you. What do you see? Elements are everywhere. They are the building blocks of all matter on Earth. In this lesson, we will discuss what an element is, how elements are written as symbols, and how elements are the building blocks of all matter.

The Foundational Elements of Life

2. The Foundational Elements of Life

Living things are complex products of their environments. They are made of a number of different natural elements, many of which are essential to survival. Because of this, they are considered foundational elements and they support life on Earth as we know it.

The Atom

3. The Atom

Tune into this lesson to find out what matters about matter. What exactly is an atom? And, how do the atoms that make up the elements in the periodic table differ from one another?

The Electron Shell

4. The Electron Shell

You may be familiar with the role of electrons in electrical devices, but did you know that electrons also determine the chemical reactivity of everything around you?

Chemical Bonds I: Covalent

5. Chemical Bonds I: Covalent

Mom always said that sharing is caring. This lesson will explore how electrons affect the chemical reactivity of atoms and specifically the merits of sharing electrons.

Chemical Bonds II: Ionic

6. Chemical Bonds II: Ionic

Did you know that the scientific name for table salt is sodium chloride? Find out how sodium and chlorine atoms come together to form your favorite seasoning.

Chemical Bonds III: Polar Covalent

7. Chemical Bonds III: Polar Covalent

Are you confused about how you can tell what kind of bond two atoms will form? This lesson will help you understand the difference between polar and nonpolar covalent bonds as well as how to predict how two atoms will interact.

Chemical Bonds IV: Hydrogen

8. Chemical Bonds IV: Hydrogen

This lesson defines and discusses important concepts behind hydrogen bonding. You'll learn when and why these bonds occur and which atoms are often involved.

Properties of Water

9. Properties of Water

Why does ice float? Why can water rise on its own against gravity in a small tube? Find out how these mysterious properties of water can be explained by hydrogen bonds.

Solutions, Solutes, and Solvents

10. Solutions, Solutes, and Solvents

Oh no! Your friend Ben just drank chili oil on a dare, and now his mouth is burning. Should he drink the ice water or vegetable oil to cool his mouth? Quick. Watch this lesson if you aren't sure.

Osmosis, Diffusion and Saturation

11. Osmosis, Diffusion and Saturation

The cells in our bodies are in constant flux through the processes of osmosis and diffusion. Learn about how saturation levels force change, and why we're lucky they do.

Acids and Bases

12. Acids and Bases

Have you ever wondered how we measure the acidity of liquids? Check out this lesson to see how acids and bases are measured on a pH scale and how they relate to neutral solutions, such as water.

The Laws of Thermodynamics

13. The Laws of Thermodynamics

Learn about the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Find out how energy is generated, how it converts from one form to another, and what happens to energy in a closed system.

Basic Properties of Chemical Reactions

14. Basic Properties of Chemical Reactions

Learn how about the various components of a chemical reaction, and how those components function. Use this lesson to understand the basic properties of different kinds of chemical reactions.

Redox (Oxidation-Reduction) Reactions: Definitions and Examples

15. Redox (Oxidation-Reduction) Reactions: Definitions and Examples

This short video will explain oxidation-reduction reactions, or redox reactions for short. The focus is on how electrons are transferred during redox reactions. Learn some neat mnemonic devices to help you remember when an atom is oxidizing or reducing.

Hydrolysis and Dehydration: Definitions & Examples

16. Hydrolysis and Dehydration: Definitions & Examples

Water is an important component of cellular processes. Two of these processes, dehydration and hydrolysis, help your body build large molecules from small ones and break down large ones into usable components.

What Are Ionic Compounds? - Definition, Examples & Reactions

17. What Are Ionic Compounds? - Definition, Examples & Reactions

Ionic compounds are a common, yet special type of chemical compound. In this video lesson, you will learn about their formation and structure and see examples of compounds formed by ions.

Anabolism and Catabolism: Definitions & Examples

18. Anabolism and Catabolism: Definitions & Examples

Metabolism breaks down large molecules like food into usable energy. This energy drives bodily processes critical to survival. In this video lesson, you will learn about the two forms of metabolism that break down and build up molecules and see examples of each.

Decomposition Reaction: Definition & Examples

19. Decomposition Reaction: Definition & Examples

Chemical reactions are classified into several different categories. In this lesson, you will learn about decomposition reactions so you can describe and identify them in the future.

Weak Acids, Weak Bases, and Buffers

20. Weak Acids, Weak Bases, and Buffers

This lesson covers both strong and weak acids and bases, using human blood as an example for the discussion. Other concepts discussed included conjugate acids and bases, the acidity constant, and buffer systems within the blood.

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