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Full Spectrum Science: Fireworks - Exploratorium

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6 to 12
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Learn all about the science of fireworks with this video presentation from Exploratorium. Discover the chemistry and history behind fireworks as you learn what creates the colors and...more
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Learn all about the science of fireworks with this video presentation from Exploratorium. Discover the chemistry and history behind fireworks as you learn what creates the colors and varying patterns seen in modern fireworks.

tag(s): chemicals (45), light (54)

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Have students create a simple infographic about fireworks using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Use this video as a model and have students research the origins of other common items. Have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here.

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Reactions - American Chemical Society

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Reactions is a YouTube Channel from the American Chemical Society exploring chemistry in our everyday lives. Watch these short videos and learn answers to questions such as why onions...more
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Reactions is a YouTube Channel from the American Chemical Society exploring chemistry in our everyday lives. Watch these short videos and learn answers to questions such as why onions make us cry and the chemistry of poison ivy. Be sure to check out the various playlists offered with topics including superhero science and hair chemistry. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): chemicals (45), diseases (71), nutrition (159), seasons (35), space (226)

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Share a video with students once a week to help all of you learn about the chemistry in our everyday lives. Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. They can do this with pen and paper or online. If you want the assignment online, explain to students they need to open a new tab in their browser window and take notes with a tool such as Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Or, use a tool like playposit (formerly eduCanon), reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can help uncover student misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length.

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Bozeman Science - Paul Anderson

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Bozeman Science offers hundreds of science videos with topics ranging from Anatomy & Physiology through Statistics & Graphing. The site also includes videos aligned to AP curriculum...more
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Bozeman Science offers hundreds of science videos with topics ranging from Anatomy & Physiology through Statistics & Graphing. The site also includes videos aligned to AP curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards. Each video includes easy to understand definitions along with examples of concepts; most videos run 10 minutes or less. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

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Be sure to take advantage of this extensive collection of videos in any upper-level science classroom. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Embed a video onto your website to use for flipped lessons - have students watch the video before coming to class to participate in additional learning activities. View the Educational video portion of the site to find teaching ideas for your classroom. Use this site as a model, then ask students to create video explanations using a tool such as moovly, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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Beautiful Chemistry - Institute of Advanced Technology, Univ. of Sci & Tech at China

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Never look at molecules or reactions the same again! Find great videos of reactions slowed down in order to see what is happening. Look at a variety of reactions including ...more
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Never look at molecules or reactions the same again! Find great videos of reactions slowed down in order to see what is happening. Look at a variety of reactions including precipitation, color change, crystallization, smoke, bubbling, metal displacement, and more. View molecules including DNA nanostructures, amorphous substances, and crystals including nanocrystals and quasicrystals.

tag(s): atoms (54), chemicals (45), molecules (45)

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In Chemistry, students can write what the molecules are doing during the video to connect the content with what they see. Give different equations and predict what would be different in that video such as the color of the precipitated substance, and so on. In younger grades, show the beauty of molecules and elements interacting and forming new substances, tapping into the marvel of the physical world. These videos are beautiful, and will appeal to visual learners.

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goREACT - Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

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goREACT offers an addicting interactive that combines elements from the Periodic Table to create virtual reactions. Click any element and drag it to the Reaction Area. Add another element...more
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goREACT offers an addicting interactive that combines elements from the Periodic Table to create virtual reactions. Click any element and drag it to the Reaction Area. Add another element (or a few) and watch what happens! The reactor offers advice for elements to add or you can choose on your own. Click on an element and a small screen provides a short description and its general uses. Use icons on the top right-hand side of the screen to view standard, atomic, ionic, or Lewis Dot versions of the periodic table.

tag(s): chemicals (45), elements (35), periodic table (51)

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goREACT is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Experiment with different combinations of elements and predict what will happen before creating each combination. Allow students to explore this site independently and share findings with the class. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, demonstrating chemical reactions. Post this link on your class website for students to experiment with at home.

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Virtual Chemistry Experiments - David N. Blauch

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Use these interactives to simulate chemistry experiments and atomic structures. Visualize actual chemistry concepts including math explanations for easier understanding. Although this...more
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Use these interactives to simulate chemistry experiments and atomic structures. Visualize actual chemistry concepts including math explanations for easier understanding. Although this site is rather "plain vanilla" in appearance, there is a lot of great information! Note: These experiments require JAVA which may be disabled on up to date Mac computers. Test them first on the machines you plan to use with students.

tag(s): atoms (54), chemicals (45), equations (153), molecules (45)

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Use the Interactives to set the parameters and collect data in order to identify basic concepts for themselves and then understand the math to explain the data. Choose from complex topics such as orbitals and stoichiometry among others. Use this resource for students to understand the material and to help each other. Place a link to this resource on your class web page or as a bookmark on the class computer for easy access.

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ChemiCroc - Norkem

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K to 5
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Enjoy learning about chemistry with ChemiCroc for kids! Choose from activities labeled year 1 through year 6 (kindergarten through 5th grade) or choose from one of four games such as...more
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Enjoy learning about chemistry with ChemiCroc for kids! Choose from activities labeled year 1 through year 6 (kindergarten through 5th grade) or choose from one of four games such as Water Around Town and Chemicals in the Kitchen. Use the index on the activities page to view chemical lessons taught such as evaporation or freezing and melting. Hint: read the "how to play" tips to know how to maneuver in the activities.

tag(s): acids and bases (11), chemicals (45), water (132)

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Most activities are fairly short and not in-depth; however, they are a perfect starting point for classroom discussions. View on your interactive whiteboard together, stopping as needed, and discuss the concepts. Demonstrate how to play games on your interactive whiteboard; then use the games on your whiteboard or classroom computers as a science center.
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Middle School Chemistry - American Chemical Society

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5 to 9
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"Big ideas about the very small," does not do this lesson plan center for middle level chemistry justice. Not only are there lessons plans and activity sheets that are able ...more
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"Big ideas about the very small," does not do this lesson plan center for middle level chemistry justice. Not only are there lessons plans and activity sheets that are able to be downloaded, there are also laboratory experiments and other smaller hands on activities that correspond to the lessons. Last but not least, there are related, FREE, online multimedia animations all packaged together.

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Pick a lesson plan that fits with your curriculum and try it out with your students in grades six through eight. The animations are wonderful for showing the particles that make up larger objects. This is always hard for middle level students to understand and these lesson plans make the explanation and instruction about these complex concepts that much easier.
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Science Geek - Mr. Allan

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Find terrific resources for chemistry and biology classes at this informational site. You'll find PowerPoints, procedures for labs, and general notes. This site was originally designed...more
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Find terrific resources for chemistry and biology classes at this informational site. You'll find PowerPoints, procedures for labs, and general notes. This site was originally designed to be one teacher's online classroom spot. However, the resources are very helpful in teaching chemistry, biology, and science in general, and this teacher is willing to share.
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tag(s): chemicals (45), genetics (87)

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Use the printables in your classroom when students do not have easy access to the internet. Try something more adventurous by showing a chemistry video on your interactive whiteboard. To use this site even further, have students try out a virtual lab tool as an alternative to a hands on lab assignment. Assign groups to different (specific) topics and challenge the groups to present their lab and results by creating a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Make this link available as an alternate way to look at concepts when students are "stuck" or confused.
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Science IQ - Science IQ. com

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This website features answers to new science questions everyday. If the simple answer is not enough for you, there are helpful links, and suggested additional reading if you would like...more
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This website features answers to new science questions everyday. If the simple answer is not enough for you, there are helpful links, and suggested additional reading if you would like a greater understanding of the concept. Even more information is available through using the categorized science facts found on the left side of the screen. Questions are also searchable by keyword. Subjects include: physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, mathematics, geology, engineering, and medicine.
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Try using this site's questions on a weekly or daily basis in science or math class to start discussions and provoke student thinking. Allow students to view the question on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then brainstorm possible answers. Once enough thoughts have been seeded, share the real answers. Or, allow students to work at the answer as the lesson continues for a few days and reveal the correct answer as a finale to the lesson.

This site could also be used as a learning station for the question of the day or the week.

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School for Champions - Chemistry - Ron Kurtus

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This is a great resource for anything from introductory to more detailed information on different chemistry concepts. One very neat feature of this site is that some of the information...more
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This is a great resource for anything from introductory to more detailed information on different chemistry concepts. One very neat feature of this site is that some of the information has audio, where the content is read aloud to the viewer. While the sound is not perfect, it would still be valuable for struggling readers and students with individualized education plan needs. There are a few ads by Google on the page, but, at the time of this review, they were not obnoxious, just be careful when navigating.
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tag(s): atoms (54), chemicals (45), molecules (45), resources (105)

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Add this site to your class website or wiki. Have students view pages of this site rather than textbook readings and ask them discussion questions about the content. The audio feature is very useful! Have students, or a small group of students, use a tool such as Mindmeister (reviewed here) to create and share concept maps of the important ideas and their details for their assigned assigned reading. Post these as links on your teacher website, so all students can benefit from them. Once created, the concept map can be used as a study aid for tests and quizzes.

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International Year of Chemistry - IYC 2011

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Celebrate 2011 as the Year of Chemistry. Use this site to find great activities for students of all ages. Activities require very little in way of materials and use ones ...more
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Celebrate 2011 as the Year of Chemistry. Use this site to find great activities for students of all ages. Activities require very little in way of materials and use ones that are fairly common to find or have on hand. Click the Connect tab to join a network of educators using the activities or even building projects. Click Participate to find Ideas, Activities, and Events to use.

tag(s): water (132)

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Use the search function to find a content area in order to find great ideas for use in the classroom. For example, find great activities that deal with water such as Water: A Chemical Solution: A Global Experiment. Find links along the side to related activities that can be used as labs, demonstrations, or inquiry activities. Use these activities as a class or create a unit on water where student groups each perform a different experiment, report their findings to the class, and all the related information is put together for a greater understanding of the importance of water in our lives. Allow options for reporting findings that include the use of Poster My Wall, reviewed here, wikis, blogs, or podcasts using podOmatic, reviewed here, as well as other conventional ways to report on their findings.
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Mr. Guch's Cavalcade o'Chemistry - Mr. Guch

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At this site you will find tons of printable experiments with both teacher information and student hand out sheets. You'll find different worksheets for middle school and high school....more
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At this site you will find tons of printable experiments with both teacher information and student hand out sheets. You'll find different worksheets for middle school and high school. There are also separate areas for teacher labs and worksheets, and another for student tutorials.

tag(s): chemicals (45), equations (153), experiments (69), tutorials (47)

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Try using some of the more complicated labs as demonstrations for younger students. Have older students work through the labs to arrive at their own conclusions. The tutorials are heavy with text. Have students select one for a concept they are having trouble with and group the students with the same concept problems together. Have students, or a small group of students, use a tool such as Mindmeister (reviewed here) to create and share concept maps of the important ideas and their details for their assigned reading. Post these as links on your teacher website, so all students can benefit from them. Once created, the concept maps can be used as study aids for tests and quizzes.
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Khan Academy - Sal Khan

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There are plenty of helpful sites to learn content. What makes this so special? Created by an uncle wanting to help his nieces learn material, Khan Academy has grown into ...more
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There are plenty of helpful sites to learn content. What makes this so special? Created by an uncle wanting to help his nieces learn material, Khan Academy has grown into a Creative Commons attributed site for helping all students. What information is available? Maybe one should ask: What are you looking for? View a vast array of videos on many topics: SAT prep, Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, History, Trigonometry, Calculus, Economics, Brain Teasers, Banking and Money, Statistics, Finance, Physics, and more....Whew! The only problem? The videos are hosted on You Tube. If your district blocks You Tube, then they may not be viewable. Ed note: An alternative is to access Khan Academy through iTunes U FREE downloads, assuming you can load and access iTunes!

tag(s): atoms (54), cells (99), energy (210), functions (69), homework (43), matter (61), molecules (45), photosynthesis (33), respiration (17), structures (24)

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Share the site with your students in order to access at home for homework help. List this link on your class website. If you are unable to view this site on student computers but You Tube is unblocked for teachers, consider using a projector or interactive whiteboard to show to the whole class. Use your google account to log in once you click on the exercises link. From there, find access to exercises that students can complete that are related to each video. Encourage students to share links to specific videos they find helpful on a "Video Reviews" (yes, that is a pun) page of your class wiki. For a very real challenge, have students create their own simple review videos in the Khan Academy style using Rawshorts, reviewed here, and upload to SchoolTube, TeacherTube, or YouTube, whichever works best in your school. Embed them on your class wiki for a year-to-year student-made study guide!
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