Chemistry Reading Assignments High School


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Management Tips

  • All chemistry teachers should start the year by having students and parents/guardians sign a Student Safety Contract.  I used this Flinn safety contract.
  • Show this "Lab Safety" video (requires Windows Media Player 10 or above) that was provided by Renee Diamond of the NSTA Listserve.  The music in the video is from a band called "rhythm, rhyme, results."  Spaces in the song are meant for students to fill in the blanks with the correct lab safety procedure.
  • For middle school students, "Science Safety Rules"  with Sponge Bob will help introduce lab safety rules. 
  • For safety tips on lighting a "Bunsen Burner" this page has videos and good explanations. 
  • Then have students do this "How to use and adjust a Bunsen burner"  lab.
  • For labeling beakers, flasks, etc., I find printing the labels and taping them with "invisible" tape the easiest for removing later.  For permanent labels I use transparent tape.  Here is the document I use for making the beaker/flask labels  and the dropper bottle labels  (one example left in tables). 
  • This image of a 24-well microplate grid is helpful for labeling materials in the plate. 
  • All my lesson plans are printed using Word as well.  Here is an example  and the template 
  • All the chemistry reviews for Glencoe's Chemistry: Concepts and Applications (2000) are on and linked to this page. 
  • This generic graph paper  comes in handy when writing up your own labs. 
  • PowerPoint presentations designed by students are a great alternative to written reports.  This  document has written instructions for producing a presentation and this  is a scoring rubric for the presentation.  You will need Adobe Reader to download the rubric.  Get it here 
  • Students and especially parents find having a class page with assignments and other class information very helpful.  Here is an example of one of my former class web pages.  You can create your own website with the free Microsoft Office Live Small Business tools.   Just be sure to sign up for the Basic service.
  • Use these tips for "Teaching 90-minute Time Blocks" 
  • Use the ACD/ChemSketch 8.0 Freeware to create your own worksheets with complex chemical structures. 
  • To help in solution preparation, Carolina provides this "Solution Preparation Manual" 
  • If you don't have gradebook program, you might want to try the freeEngrade online gradebook.  It allows students and parents to check grades online.
  • To add color and interest to your worksheets, use some "Chemistry Clip Art."
  • Use card stock to print colorful chemistry related borders for your bulletin board with these borders .

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Games, Puzzles, Songs, and Labs
  • Peter Lichten has created the online game "ChemGameTutor" to help students refine their chemistry skills.  Students can use guest for the Username and Password.
  • Use the "Science Jeopardy" Game  as a review for tests. 
  • Review vocabulary with the "Science Taboo" Game  
  • Create Wordsearches, Criss-Cross puzzles, and many more online with Discovery School's "Puzzlemaker". 
  • Listen to sound clips from Sing-Smart's chemistry songs CD's--HOLY MOL-EE! Multiple Modality Chemistry by Lynda Jones.  This is an introductory chemistry curriculum suitable for the high school level which thoroughly treats difficult concepts through song, sign language, dramatization activities, extensive color graphics, manipulative activities and guided notes.  Furthermore, Lynda is preparing to set up a live after-school learning program and intends to franchise her materials and methods to interested retired chemistry teachers.  HOLY MOL-EE! is simply effective and fun! 
  • Download a "Virtual Lab" at 
  • Use these "Chemistry Recipes"  for labs, demonstrations, etc. 
  • A great game to use in reviewing for semester exams is the Science Geeks's  "Chemistry Millionaire" game for first semester and finals. 
  • "Chemistry As Fun and Games"  uses several different games to teach chemistry content. 
  • "Creative Chemistry" has many games, puzzles, and activties for chemistry students. 
  • Review for tests and quizes with "Science Baseball" 
  • A "Chemistry Jeopardy Game" setup where you input your own questions.  The included sounds and pictures make it very realistic.
  • Try these "Sci-Doku" puzzles with science-related clues from Scientific American.
  • "Parade of Games" in PowerPoint contains 16 different games with examples and templates to download.
  • Try these "Countertop Chemistry" labs.
  • Play the online "Who Wants to Win a Million Dollars" science game from Jefferson Labs.
  • Rosemarie Smith of the NSTA Listserve contributed this idea for a "March Madness Chemistry Tournament" .  I have added the "Abreviated Brackets,"  blank ones along with full "Brackets"  and an Excel version of full "Brackets"  .  Also, Mike Barondeau from the Listserve contributed this blank "Sweet Sixteen Science Tournament" Excel version.
  • Try some of these "Chemistry Demonstrations" from About Chemistry.

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  • The Chemistry behind cleaning products:
  • The Listen Current site has a few exellent FREE lesson plans for middle and high school students when you sign up for FREE:
  • Chemistry jokes:
  • Chemistry resources from "Find Your HVAC Guy:"
  • Teacher resources from the Royal Society of Chemistry: . .
  • Free lesson  plans for chemistry and physics in  English,,  and  French,
  • If your students need chemistry help, send them to this free My Chemistry Tutor site:
  • Lesson Corner has many searchable chemistry lessons: 
  • If you are having difficulty getting the supplies you need, may be able to help or you can register for an opportunity to win free supplies: and
  • Great chemistry animations: . . 
  • Chemistry resources from Flinn Scientific, Inc.: 
  • Chemistry ideas from BBC: 
  • TeAchology chemistry teacher resources: 
  • Glencoe's chemistry resources: 
  • Pasco's online chemistry experiments: 
  • Links to a variety of chemistry pages: 
  • Cavalcade o' Chemistry: 
  • 17 Effective Activities for New Chemistry Teachers: 
  • "The World of Chemsitry" video series (free sign-up) using Windows Media Player: 
  • Get worksheets to accompany "The World of Chemistry" video series: 
  • NSTA's SciLinks: has great links by topic. 
  • Chemtutor is a good chemistry tutoring site: 
  • ChemWeb online has tutorials and quizes at the bottom of each section: 
  • QuizStar is a site that allows teacher's to post their own quizes.  This feature is similar to, but unlike Quia, QuizStar is presently free for  teachers: 
  • The American Chemical Society's "Chemistry Club" site: . . 
  • Mark Rosengarten, a New York chemistry teacher has created a Powerpoint presentation that addresses most high school chemistry topics with nearly 300 pages of information, diagrams, and sample problems.  The website also offers a collection of chemistry cartoons: 
  • Great site for high-quality, FREE, science web interactives from all over the world that is organized by National Science Education Standards: 
  • PowerPoint presentations for each of the chapters in a typical high school chemistry course using PowerPoint player, html, or Acrobat Reader: 
  • Various Flash animations with audio from McGraw Hill: . . 
  • Molecular Workbench has many interactive models for chemistry.  Click on "Showcase" and choose "Chemistry": 
  • Abigail Freiberger of the Greater Atlanta Christian School has study guides, practice problems, labs, quizes, and PowerPoint presentations on her site for General Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and AP Chemistry.  She uses Holt's Modern Chemistry for general and honors courses and Zumdahl for AP Chemistry. 
  • Chemistry jokes: 
  • The Digital Chem Project: 
  • Holt, Rhinehart, and Winstons's Modern Chemistry home page: 
  • Lecture demonstration movie sheets requires : 
  • Links, teaching ideas, worksheets, labs, and much more: 
  • High School Chemistry Teacher Support Group:
  • The Catalysts: Chemistry Resources for Teachers: 
  • M. Horton from the HSChem Google Group uses PowerPoint presentations for students needing to make up labs.  He posted this example: 
  • Mr. Green's chemistry site has worksheets, PowerPoint notes, and labs: 
  • Good chemistry demos with Quicktime  videos: 
  • Evan's Chemistry Corner has many good worksheets, labs, lessons, and links: 
  • Good chemistry PowerPoint presentations submitted by teachers:
  • Bank of chemistry questions and problems (You must sent a letter to author on school leterhead to receive password for bank): 
  • General chemistry digital lecture material includes flash and Google videos: 
  • Arbor Scientific's "Cool Stuff" newsletter archive: 
  • 60 second podcasts from Scientific American:
  • Science clarified's site has tutorials in "Science of Everyday Things," a section about "Science in Dispute," and links to a chemistry forum: 
  • General, Organic, and Biochemistry animations using Apple's: 
  • Common chemicals and supplies in and around the home:
  • Jeremy Schneider has posted all his PowerPoint lessons, worksheets, labs, and study notes for his 11th and 12th grade classes: or
  • Tools for teachers from Microsoft: 
  • A large number of links to various chemistry sites: 
  • Short--Simple--Significant experiments in chemistry: 
  • Free stuff for science teachers:
  • In New York Science Teacher you will find science labs, demonstrations, lesson plans, activities, movie worksheets, notes, regents review materials, educational related information and much more:
  • A wealth of chemistry animations, some with narration and some with quizes:
  • PowerPoint presentations for Prentice Hall's General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications: 
  • Many chemistry files and lessons from We the Teachers: 
  • My Chemistry Tutor is a free chemistry homework help forum: 
  • Chalkbored has chemistry PowerPoint, lessons, labs, Excel spreadsheets, and other assignments and worksheets: 
  • Hotchalk's chemistry experiments for grades 6-8:
  • Melody VanderWeide has published many of her chemistry activities at:
  • For answers to all of your chemistry questions try WolframAlpha: and for an explanation of how it works:
  • Want to know how to use Podcasts or Vodcasts in your classroom?  Try Educational Vodcasting:
  • Some chemistry resources from WyzAnt:
  • An organic chemistry glossary:


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  Science in the News

  •   Timely Pick has current popular science content:
  • Sarah Faulkner of Sedgwick Middle School, in West Hartford, CT contributed this "Science Current Events"  worksheet to assess student readings of science in the news.
  • Douglas Blane in the UK contributed "What's New?" on his Real Science website.  Each news article includes 5 activities, a word bank, links to free activities, lesson plans, background information, and daily tips for running science class discussions and groupwork.

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Chemistry & Materials Classroom Resources

This collection of lessons and web resources is aimed at classroom teachers, their students, and students' families. Most of these resources come from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). NSDL is the National Science Foundation's online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. See

Chemistry Now
Resource: Educator and Students (middle-high school)
This website hosts a video series exploring the chemistry of common objects in our world and the changes they undergo. NBC Learn, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and NSF joined forces to create the series in celebration of the International Year of Chemistry. To delve deeper into the world of chemistry, there are: additional videos, including current and archival news stories related to chemistry, and lesson plans from NSTA for middle- and high-school students.

Teachers' Domain: Matter
Resource: Educator (grades K-12)
This Web site provides a multitude of information on physical matter including lesson plans for teachers.

ChemEd DL: Chemistry Education Pathway
Resource: Educator (high school) and Information Research (high school and above)
The chemistry education Pathway of NSDL, ChemEd DL provides exemplary digital resources, tools, and online services to aid teaching and learning in chemistry based on "Observe", "Explore" and "Explain". ChemEd DL provides a destination for all those interested in chemistry to share what they know so that others may learn.

Science for Kids
Resource: Educator (grades K-8) and Parents &_pageLabel=PP_EDUCATION&node_id=89&use_sec=false&__uuid=ee2835a9-1f4a-46ae-98c0-0648c188c7c7
The American Chemical Society's Science Web site contains a wealth of information for teachers and students of all ages. As part of their Education Web page, the Kids Web site contains teacher resources for students in grades K-6, which are easily adapted to the middle school level. Find activities, games, puzzles and articles that cover a variety of chemistry topics to share with students.

Today's Science for Tomorrow's Scientists
Resource: Educator (grades 5-12)
The purpose of this Web site is to introduce current research in the areas of science and engineering into middle school and high school classrooms. Activities are for grades 5-12 and are interactive and fun with definitions of challenging new words embedded. Puzzle tests at the end of every unit give students and teachers a chance to identify gains in knowledge from the tutorial.

National Science Digital Library
Resource: All Audiences
This collection of lessons and web resources is aimed at classroom teachers, their students, and students' families. Most of these resources come from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). NSDL is the National Science Foundation's online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

WWW Chemistry Guide
Resource: Educator and Information Research (high school and above)
A collection of more than 250 links aimed primarily at chemists and researchers but also useful to teachers, organized by categories. A great resource for educators because sites have been reviewed for their excellence and this eliminates searching through "junk".

Strange Matter
Resource: Educator (grades 5-8) and Parents
The Strange Matter traveling exhibit that teaches kids about the amazing world of modern materials and materials science. The exhibition's Web site includes a teaching guide and activities for teachers to use, and activities, games, experiments, videos and more for kids. And there's fun stuff for families to do also!

Resource: Students (middle-high school)
Chem4Kids is a Web site for students learning the basics of chemistry. The site provides explanations, acitivties and other resources to aid students while learning about chemistry.

Resource: Educator and Students (high school-college)
Maintained by David Wilner, this website provides basic chemistry help for students in grades 9 through postsecondary. The site is organized by subject matter and is strictly a supplemental tutoring resource.

The Open Door Web Site
Resource: Educator and Students (ages 9-12)
The Open Door Web Site is created and maintained by multi-national teachers as a reference source for both students and teachers. The contents of this site are designed for use by students between the ages of 9 and 17 on topics in biology, chemistry, physics, history and technology. The site provides information, student study guides, quizes and the abililty to search the site for answers.

Chemistry & Materials Research Overview
Resource: All Audiences
This web page located on the National Science Foundation's web site will interest everyone in its discussion of "stuff." Despite this endless variety of particular interests and specialized subdisciplines, the sciences of stuff do have a fundamental unity. They are tied together by the common goal of understanding and controlling everything about molecules and materials, from the making and breaking of chemical bonds on timescales of less than a nanosecond, to the aging and corrosion of steel bridge supports on timescales of more than a decade.

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