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Numerade - Numerade.com

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Numerade is an interactive science and math platform that contains over one million video lessons taught by top educators from around the US. Engage with the site's content through...more
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Numerade is an interactive science and math platform that contains over one million video lessons taught by top educators from around the US. Engage with the site's content through several different options, including questions found in many textbooks, test prep books, or "Winter Break Bootcamps" that provide short, focused lessons on topics such as calculus and physics. Each lesson is a video explanation of specific questions and uses whiteboards to draw and share information. Registration isn't necessary to view and share videos; it provides the opportunity to create classrooms by importing information from Google Classroom or manually creating a class. Use your class information to build and share playlists with students. Registered users also have the option to create and share videos with students.

tag(s): chemicals (38), genetics (67), statistics (108), STEM (218), test prep (68), variables (14), video (242)

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Numerade features video lessons from many different textbooks, making it a useful resource to supplement current classroom content. Check to see if your current textbooks are available, including videos as a part of a playlist to share with students. Take advantage of the playlists as a resource for homework or remote learning lessons. Use the videos found on this site as a model for students to share and explain their solutions to math and science problems. Incorporate a FlipGrid, reviewed here, assignment to post questions for student response, and ask them to use the whiteboard feature to share solutions and their problem-solving process. Consider sharing videos with advanced students to use as a resource for working ahead within textbooks, or by assigning a different textbook than used in class.

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HoloLab Champions - Schell Games

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8 to 12
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Use virtual reality to learn about and engage in chemistry lab experiments with HoloLab Champions. Different game features allow you to work on your own, in groups, or together as ...more
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Use virtual reality to learn about and engage in chemistry lab experiments with HoloLab Champions. Different game features allow you to work on your own, in groups, or together as a class. Begin your experience in the Hall of Brains to select from different options for gameplay. As you interact with the game, the host provides instructions and lab procedures in the scientist's notebook. Follow the procedures then submit your lab reports. Good news! Try as many times as you like to complete your submissions without penalty. Be sure to review the Classroom Guide for a complete overview of the many activities and content available within HoloLab Champions.

tag(s): chemicals (38), density (19), experiments (51), mass (18), measurement (131), volume (33)

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HoloLab Champions is an excellent addition to any chemistry classroom. Whether you have a well-stocked lab or a lab with few supplies, this site provides learning opportunities that are available anywhere and at any time. Along with the many different experiments, the lab provides detailed notes on many different types of lab equipment. Consider sharing this information at the beginning of your school year before students begin hands-on activities. Instead of simply introducing lab equipment to students, ask them to explore this site and share their knowledge of proper use by creating cartoons with students using equipment properly. Use a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here. As students interact with this site, ask them to use Google Documents or Microsoft Word to record and share their science journals. Include successes and failures within the experiments, along with student reflections on their experience. Ask students to highlight keywords, add links to online articles, or add links to videos that helped them learn about science concepts. After completing experiments on the site, enhance student learning by asking students to become the expert and share their learning with others as a presentation using Vevox, reviewed here. Vevox offers interactive features such as real-time polls and comments to keep viewers interested and involved in the presentation.

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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 (38), light (46)

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Enhance learning by having students create a simple infographic about fireworks using 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 an explanation about what they learned using a tool such as Add Text, 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.
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tag(s): chemicals (38), diseases (71), nutrition (132), seasons (32), space (202)

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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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9 to 12
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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.

tag(s): advanced placement (24), animals (264), atoms (41), body systems (41), chemicals (38), ecosystems (65), elements (32), energy (126), evolution (86), human body (93), OER (31), planets (108), plants (135), plate tectonics (18), pollution (47), population (51), rock cycle (11), solar energy (32), solar system (94), stars (61), weather (156)

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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 (41), chemicals (38), molecules (37)

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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 (38), elements (32), periodic table (41)

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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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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.

tag(s): acids and bases (8), air (106), animation (60), atoms (41), carbon dioxide (9), chemicals (38), density (19), heat (15), matter (46), molecules (37), periodic table (41), ph (2), temperature (31), volume (33)

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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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7 to 12
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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 (38), genetics (67)

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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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8 to 12
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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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tag(s): area (50), carbon (14), carbon footprint (5), chemicals (38), coal (6), earthquakes (42), energy (126), engineering (109), fossil fuels (9), fossils (36), glaciers (16), machines (12), matter (46), moon (64), natural resources (36), ozone (6), ph (2), planets (108), prime numbers (24), pythagorean theorem (21), questioning (32), space (202), square roots (16), stars (61), sun (59), volume (33)

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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 (41), chemicals (38), molecules (37), resources (85)

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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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Mr. Guch's Cavalcade o'Chemistry - Mr. Guch

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8 to 12
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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 (38), equations (117), experiments (51), tutorials (43)

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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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4 to 12
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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 (41), cells (80), energy (126), functions (53), homework (33), matter (46), molecules (37), photosynthesis (21), respiration (9), structures (20)

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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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ChemCollective - Carnegie Mellon

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Use this collection of virtual labs and authentic-based learning activities in your Chemistry class. Incorporate concept tests with a variety of teaching approaches. Use as pre-laboratory...more
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Use this collection of virtual labs and authentic-based learning activities in your Chemistry class. Incorporate concept tests with a variety of teaching approaches. Use as pre-laboratory activities, alternatives to textbook work, or for in-class activities. Use online coursework available through the site. Activities can be modified or used to create your own new activity. Word files can be downloaded then edited and distributed to your classes. The site requires Java. Activities can be downloaded and help files are available. There are video clips that require QuickTime. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page. The download time for videos is significant. You will want to download a local copy!

tag(s): chemicals (38)

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Use virtual labs as pre-activities before teaching the concepts or as reinforcement for concepts learned. Use ready-made problems for practice or enrichment. Replace over used activities from a textbook with great real world examples, laboratory activities, video clips, and practice examples. Have students create their own original videos about chemistry concepts being learned in class using My Simpleshow, reviewed here. Share the videos using a resource such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Physics Facts - Introduction to Physics - Space, Light, Motion - Kidipede

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This site, designed especially for middle school students, highlights the basic foundations of physics. Although this site is recommended for middle school students, it is also appropriate...more
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This site, designed especially for middle school students, highlights the basic foundations of physics. Although this site is recommended for middle school students, it is also appropriate for high school students studying the subject areas. It is mainly a "text" site, without interactives. However, this is a great resource for explaining complex topics, researching specific topics in science, and much more. Each general area (i.e. Laws of Motion, Electricity, and more), includes several sub-topics. There are also links to for students for project and activities. There are two caveats: there are some advertisements -- nothing too distracting -- AND some of the suggested activities include "buying" a book from Amazon. You do NOT need to purchase anything to take advantage of this free resource!

tag(s): earth (172), electricity (61), light (46), mass (18), motion (44), newton (18), simple machines (16), sound (70), space (202), time (90), weather (156)

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Use portions of this site as an anticipatory set in your science class. The information is simple to understand and would be useful for students struggling with a topic. Use the site for research about specific topics. Have teams of students explore each of the "sub-topics" within the main topic. Ask them to record their findings in a digital portfolio of resources using PorfolioVillage, reviewed here. Portfolio Village includes free resources for creating and sharing online portfolios that include images, written work, and video making it perfect to use for sharing student work during parent conferences and when submitting college applications. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create informational videos sharing their research using a tool like Adobe Spark Video Creator, reviewed here. Then share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Why not list this link on your class website, so students can access the page both in and out of the classroom.

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What's That Stuff? - Chemical and Engineering News

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This series of articles reveals the chemistry behind everyday products like toothpaste, silly putty, Cheese Wiz, and erasers. These fascinating and sometimes shocking revelations will...more
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This series of articles reveals the chemistry behind everyday products like toothpaste, silly putty, Cheese Wiz, and erasers. These fascinating and sometimes shocking revelations will motivate your students to pursue an investigation of their own favorite product. This award-winning site can be incorporated into an environmental science unit or used as a basis for a research project.

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Use these articles as a way to show how chemistry affects students' everyday life. Once a week, select a product and show it to students via printed article or via interactive whiteboard. Have students create concept maps or Graphic Organizers, reviewed here, showing how chemistry led to the creation of the product.

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ACS - Chemistry For Life - American Chemical Society

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1 to 12
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The American Chemical Society offers a complete series of activities for grades K-8, all based on hands-on experience. Click Education in the middle of this opening page find programs...more
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The American Chemical Society offers a complete series of activities for grades K-8, all based on hands-on experience. Click Education in the middle of this opening page find programs and units for Elementary through Graduate School. Also offered is a section for careers in science. This is a great resource for science teachers who need additional chemistry content or activities.
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tag(s): chemicals (38), energy (126), experiments (51), inquiry (22), matter (46)

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Scroll to Education and click Teaching Resources. Select your grade level interest and find links to dozens of different Lessons, programs, units and Safety Guides.

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General Chemistry Online

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10 to 12
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Find an introductory guide and procedures manual for an entry-level college chemistry course. It could also serve as a useful reference for students at the high school level. There...more
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Find an introductory guide and procedures manual for an entry-level college chemistry course. It could also serve as a useful reference for students at the high school level. There are study guides, lessons, lab examples, and a variety of other useful resources.

tag(s): chemicals (38)

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Use this guide for students who need extra practice, or those who test out and want to move ahead. It would be helpful for advanced level papers and projects as well.

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Chem4kids - Andrew Rader Studios

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What a find! Chem4 Kids contains six sections ranging from Matter, to Math in Chemistry, and Chemical Reactions. Information on each topic is presented clearly. Hyperlinks are included...more
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What a find! Chem4 Kids 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.

tag(s): atoms (41), chemicals (38), elements (32), matter (46), periodic table (41)

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The explanations are clear and concise and the examples are everyday items. Students should create their own flashcards or work together as partners or in small groups to create flashcards for each section. Each topic and term has what looks like hand-drawn images for examples. Where possible challenge students to draw their own examples. Students could use Padlet, reviewed here, to brainstorm a list of examples (images) to replace the ones Chem4kids has for their flashcards. Next, have students create the drawings using Draw.Chat, reviewed here. Have students save their drawing(s) to their computer, or if you are cloud based save it there, to add to student made flashcards. Use a flashcard tool such as Flashcard Stash, reviewed here. Ask students to think about replacing the image examples used on Chem4kids to help them to understand the topic, and drawing their own replacement examples will help them remember the information. Then use and image annotation tool like Phrase.it, reviewed here, to explain their replacement.

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