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Borax Snowflake Christmas Ornaments

One of my favorite ever projects was these Borax Snowflake Christmas Ornaments that I made a few years ago with my chemistry students with coffee filters. The ornaments are super glittery and sparkly in person. The pictures I took of my students’ finished ornaments really didn’t do them justice. It may be too late to …

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How the Periodic Table Really Looks Activity

I created this How the Periodic Table Really Looks Activity a few years ago when I was teaching chemistry. I wanted my chemistry students to understand that our modern day periodic table is structured the way it is because we want it to print nicely and be easily readable. To help illustrate what the periodic …

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Save Fred Activity for the First Week of School

I tried this Save Fred activity with my chemistry students during the first week of school. I had almost all of these students for Algebra 1, so I needed to find a few new beginning of school activities that they had not seen before. Save Fred Activity Each group of students needs a plastic cup, …

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Reviewing Observations and Inferences with Dinosaurs

I found this dinosaur scene to emphasize the difference between observations and inferences when I was teaching chemistry. Students are given a dinosaur coloring page and eighteen different statements. They must examine the picture and decide if each statement is an observation or an inference. The instructions say: “A time machine has been invented that …

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Physical vs Chemical Changes Story

Are you teaching/reviewing the difference between physical vs chemical changes? NOVA has a lovely activity to give students much-needed practice with this topic. I used this story activity with students when I taught chemistry several years ago. Students are given a story to read. They must identify all the changes that occur in the story …

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