Mole of Rice Activity

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Learning about the mole using rice is pretty nice! Help your chemistry scholars visualize the concept of a mole of substance with an easy-to-perform lab. Partnered pupils find the mass of a single grain of rice and relate this information to the volume one mole of rice would occupy if it were spread evenly over the earth's surface.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the final question of the student worksheet as homework to save time for in-class calculations
  • Add a problem that asks the class work from a known volume to determine a number of rice grains
Classroom Considerations

  • Ensure learners remember how to convert between liters and cubic centimeters


  • Lab is a great combination of chemistry and geometry
  • Teacher's guide includes a printable student worksheet

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