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Making models is always memorable. In this activity, physical science starters examine the structure of hydrocarbons using marshmallows, raisins, and toothpicks. They even act as atoms themselves and link arms to represent covalent bonds. The lesson is simple to execute, but superb in results! 
In this naming hydrocarbons learning exercise, students are given a table of the prefixes used for naming hydrocarbons based on the number of carbon atoms and their location. They then practice naming ten hydrocarbon compounds using the rules of naming and the chart of prefixes.
Science teams make models of four different hydrocarbon compounds that we commonly use for fuel. Then they demonstrate chemical reactions that result when energy is produced. This can be used as an enrichment when your class is studying forms of energy.
Beginning with a general discussion about natural gas, methane, and hydrocarbons, a few videos and diagrams are projected to support the lecture. Individuals participate in a brief activity by drinking juice through a straw, and then again while a piece of sponge is placed in the cup. This is meant to demonstrate how difficult it is to extract natural gas from shale.
In this hydrocarbons worksheet, high schoolers solve 17 clues in a crossword puzzle focusing on carbon bonding and hydrocarbon gases.
Students create a polymer using Borax and Elmer's Glue. In this chemistry lesson, students identify monomers made of hydrocarbons and then brainstorm a list of polymers and their uses.
Students study hydrocarbon gases and chemical equations. In this hydrocarbon gases lesson, students work in groups complete a molecular formula worksheet and review alkane prefixes. Students complete molecular models, balance chemical equations, and finish with a section on hydrocarbon combustion.
In this substituted hydrocarbons learning exercise, students learn how to name compounds using a table of organic functional groups and the rules for naming hydrocarbon compounds. They practice naming twenty substituted hydrocarbons.
In this hydrocarbon instructional activity, students answer 13 questions about different types of organic molecules categorized as hydrocarbons. They explain the different hydrocarbons, they draw structural diagrams for different hydrocarbons and they calculate heat released by reactions of hydrocarbons.
Students construct models of hydrocarbon molecules using candy and toothpicks. In this hydrocarbons lesson plan, students are given a sheet with the molecular formulas of hydrocarbons. As a group, they construct each molecule using colored gumdrops to represent each atom and toothpicks to represent each bond.
In this energy from hydrocarbons worksheet, students read about endothermic and exothermic reactions and how hydrocarbons release heat as fuels. Students read how to measure heat changes in reactions and practice finding the specific heat of a substance, the energy needed to heat a substance to a certain temperature and the heat of a reaction.
In this oil, fossil fuels and Earth's atmosphere worksheet, students answer 3 questions about the origin of oil and its uses, the effects of burning oil and fossil fuels on the Earth's atmosphere and the origin and maintenance of the Earth's atmosphere.
In this aliphatic worksheet, students are given eight hydrocarbon molecules. They determine if they are alkanes, alkenes or alkynes. They draw a diagram of each and indicate if they are saturated or unsaturated.
In this lipid instructional activity, high schoolers answer questions about the structure and functions of lipids. They read about the three main lipids in the body including triglycerides, phospholipids and cholesterol and answer questions about each.
Students find moles and molecules used when a candle burns. In this moles and molecules lesson plan, students calculate the initial mass of a candle and the mass of a candle after it burns for 3 minutes. They calculate the mass lost when the candle was burning and determine the number of moles and molecules of hydrocarbons used in the chemical reaction.
For this chemistry review worksheet, students answer and solve 95 questions about chemical reactions, hydrocarbons, functional groups, moles, acids and bases and solutions.
In this energy through the ages worksheet, students read about the history of energy use beginning with early civilization and the use of water wheels for the production of energy to hydrocarbon-based coal, oil and natural gas of today. Students calculate the amount of energy appliances use in a month by completing a chart with watts used per month.
In this chemical equations activity, students write ten combustion equations given a hydrocarbon compound. They write the equations and balance each.
In this chemistry worksheet, students use the clues given at the bottom of the sheet to complete the crossword puzzle on hydrocarbons. There are 17 statements to solve and fill in on the puzzle.
In this organic compounds worksheet, high schoolers review 8 terms associated with hydrocarbon molecules. Students find these 8 terms in a word search.