Cool Chemistry

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Turn pennies into gold with a set of chemistry lessons designed for middle schoolers. As they study ionic and covalent bonds, different elements from the periodic table, and the structure of an atom, young chemists perform hands-on experiments that reveal the transformative nature of chemical reactions.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the experiments as they become relevant to your curriculum, or create a chemistry unit around the lessons
  • Have learners bring in as many of the household items needed for experiments as possible
  • Perform the labs as demonstrations if you don't have time or resources for each experiment
Classroom Considerations

  • Though the packet is dense, it has great ideas and inspiration for learning

  • Provides opportunities for group work, research, and discussion
  • Includes detailed lesson plans

  • None