On the Web: Chemistry
Science Teachers’ Grab Bag
The Grab Bag features online resources relating to Chemistry. To learn about other resources and services, click here.
- American Chemical Society’s Bytesize Science Podcasts
The American Chemical Society’s (ACS) award-winning kid- and teen-friendly chemistry podcast series, Bytesize Science, features high-definition video episodes, with a new one posted the first Wednesday of every month. New episodes of the audio podcast appear biweekly.
- Polymer Education Materials
At this University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point website, you can read a polymer overview complemented by brief explanatory lectures; download 20 hands-on physical science activities related to polymers for K–9 students; and learn about workshops and short courses for educators, as well as award and grant opportunities.
- Chemistry Lessons From SMILE
Each participant in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement) program at Illinois Institute of Technology was required to create and publish a single-concept lesson plan. Now 20 years of SMILE chemistry lessons are available. Links lead to additional SMILE lessons in biology and physics.
Visit CHEM4Kids for basic background information on matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry, along with quizzes, slideshows, videos, and real-world examples of concepts discussed.
- Inquiry in Action
This publication from the American Chemical Society presents guided inquiry investigations covering basic chemistry concepts for elementary and middle school students. Each investigation includes background for teachers, 4–10 related hands-on activities, and an assessment tool. Animated sequences help users visualize observations on the molecular level, and a message board allows teachers to share their experiences doing these activities with students.
The NSTA Calendar lists the following opportunities relating to Chemistry. To learn about other science education events and opportunities, click here.
- NSTA Web Seminar—Chemistry Comes Alive IV: Oxidation/Reduction
Oxidation/reduction is one of the most difficult concepts taught in an introductory chemistry classroom. This seminar will expose you to online resources for teaching students these and other challenging aspects of oxidation/reduction. The seminar will explore videos, netorials, the Periodic Table Live!, and an online textbook to help you teach these concepts. Register for this event, taking place 6:30–8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and hear about current research in the field of oxidation and reduction and how you could bring this research into your classroom.
- National Chemistry Week, October 18–24
The American Chemical Society invites educators, students, and the community to participate in local events and use national resources like hands-on activities and articles aligned with the National Science Education Standards and a K–12 contest to encourage an interest in science. This year’s theme, “Chemistry—It’s Elemental!”, celebrates the 140th anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev’s Periodic Table of the Elements. Teachers and students can explore the history and uses of different elements and learn about Mendeleev, who has an element named after him (element #101, the radioactive mendelevium).
- Mole Day, October 23
Chemists observe Mole Day to celebrate Avogadro’s number, also known as the Avogadro constant, which represents the number of particles in a mole: approximately 6.022 × 10 to the 23rd power. In honor of the number, celebrations take place on 10/23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. Visit the website for related resources and more information.