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We did a quick notebook page to summarize what we had learned about the effects of temperature and concentration on reaction rates from our experiments. We did the following experiments: Glow Sticks Lab, Effervescent Tablets Lab, Rust Lab, and Effect of Concentration on Reaction Rate Lab. Free Download of Reaction Rate Summary Notes

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For our next experiment on chemical reactions in physical science, we made rust.  I thought that I had learned from my mistakes with the previous effervescent tablets lab.   We spent a class period designing the lab together.  We wrote a hypothesis as a class.  We discussed how to set up the experiment and collect …

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I decided to follow up our glow stick demonstration with an effervescent tablet lab. This, sadly, did not go that well.  I assumed that my students would be able to design their own experiments.  My groups tried to do this, but most groups didn’t pay attention to what data they would need to collect.  My …

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This glow sticks reaction rate lab was one of my favorite physical science lessons of the year! To get my students thinking about the impact of temperature on reaction rate, I decided to do a demonstration with glow sticks.  It turned into one of the most enjoyable lessons of my teaching career! Here’s what my …

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I created this types of systems foldable to summarize the different types of systems my students would be dealing with in physical science. I brought some props from home to help us wrap our mind around the different types of systems. The cooking pot without the lid was an example of an open system.  The …

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I created this classifying reactions foldable for my physical science students to give them some basic classifying reactions practice. In this foldable, students are given a chemical equation which they must then classify as synthesis, combusion, decomposition, single displacement, or double displacement. We did thirteen of these classifying reactions problems together. Free Download of Classifying …

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