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Students examine the different types of luminescence in deep sea organisms. In this bioluminescence lesson, students investigate how color and light aide deep ocean organisms by describing the characteristics of the habitat and completing a study guide. They define the differences in chemiluminescence, bioluminescence, fluorescence, and phosphorescence before telling how each is helpful to deep sea organisms.
Students gain understanding of several of the biogeochemical processes in microbial mats. They acquire knowledge of the different roles of organisms in a microbial mat ecosystem. They understand how microbial mat ecosystems contributed to the Earth's biospere.
Learners describe major features of cold seep communities and list organisms that are found in these communities. In this water habitat lesson students examine trophic levels, describe the process of chemosynthesis and list the organisms that are found in these habitats.
Although the article that launches this lesson is about the history of the Periodic Table, the objective is reading comprehension. Using the eight-page informational text, learners answer five comprehension questions and craft one essay. They utilize text features such as headings and graphics to more efficiently move through the questions, and mark the text as they read to note important facts. This is also a great way to teach vocabulary in context and text features. The reading is not difficult or long.
Tenth graders research two ways to test the water quality near their home. For this chemistry lesson, 10th graders determine the short and long term effect of different substances on aquatic ecosystems. They conduct tests and write a conclusion based on experimental results.
Review the 5 branches of chemistry and related terms with this worksheet. The focus of these activities is on terms and definitions. Learners answer questions about the study of chemistry, reasons to study chemistry, and pure and applied chemistry. Use this as a check or understanding or homework assignment.
A collection of 16 different chemistry crosswords provides variety in the ways that your class reviews chemistry vocabulary and concepts. Because the topics for each range from the introductory periodic table of elements to the complex energetics and kinetics, this resource is valuable to middle school and high school teachers alike. Each puzzle is comprehensive in coverage and has anywhere from 12 to 36 questions to answer. Add this to your library of review tools. US teachers, be aware that there are British spellings for some terms. In most cases, the US spelling requires the same number of letters as the British, so this shouldn't be a problem.
Ninth graders create a model of greenhouse effect in the lab. In this integrated science lesson, 9th graders investigate the different variables affecting this condition. They research about global warming and prepare a PowerPoint presentation to share with the class.
Learners investigate soap bubbles. In this soap bubble chemistry lesson, students observe a demonstration using pop-it beads to represent a soap molecule. Learners produce soap bubbles in the lab by making bubbles with a large bubble maker. Students use geometric wire models to investigate planes, lines and angles produced when the lines and planes intersect.
Here is a nice, clean wrap-up lesson for your chemistry class when they are studying chemical reactions . They experiment with different oils to make soap. To make it more fun, they are to imagine that they are part of a soap testing panel. There are no scientific explanations written into the lesson plan, so make sure that you have taught them about the process of saponification
Students complete a Webquest which investigates the chemistry in items such as shampoo. They research the Internet, perform a lab experiment, and write a scientific lab report with their findings. Upon completion of the activities, the students are accessed based on a four point rubric heavily weighted on the lab write up.
A great review of the structure and function of carbon-based molecules important to life, especially with relevance to humans. The chemistry behind the combination of polymers and the breakdown of bonds is covered. Valuable content in this slideshow is the collection of diagrams of each functional group.
Students describe how unusual chemical phenomena near hydrothermal vents can be explained in terms of melting points, solubility, temperature, and pressure. They use fundamental relationships in chemistry to explain phenomena near subduction volcanoes
Students build their own model for making large soap bubbles. After investigating with prepared geometric wire models, students determine the maximum number of planes, lines, and the sizes of angles produced when planes and lines intersect.
Students are able to use a secchi disk to measure the turbidity of water by determining the depth at which the sechi disk is no longer visible and using the data in a formula to quantify the results. They are able to use Vernier probes to condcut water quality testing for: dissolved oxygen, nitrates, pH, temperature, phosphorous and produce computer printouts of the data collected.
In this introduction to chemistry activity, students answer 9 questions regarding the study of chemistry. The first part is matching, then they "think like a scientist" and then they problem solve.
Students explore a variety of relevant lake water chemistry questions, compose responses, and present their results in a poster format. They, in pairs, answer questions about lake chemistry which are imbedded in this plan.
Nine action-packed organic chemistry exercises are contained in this mini-unit on carbon containing compounds. Examples include constructing models of alkanes, producing aromatic esters, and preparing pigments for paint and dyes. Chemistry scholars learn to write molecular formulas and draw structures for carbon compounds. Because of the complexity of the activities and level of skills required, this would not be recommended for first-year chemistry classes. It is, however, a superior resource!
Eighth graders identify the basic elements of an ecosystem and their individual roles. In this life science lesson, 8th graders conduct a scavenger hunt in their local ecosystem. They collect evidence and explain how each component is interconnected with each other.