Stoichiometry: Chemistry for Massive Creatures

Moles exist in chemistry? These are not animals that live underground and dig through your gardens — they are quantities of elements. Learn about moles and how they help chemists determine amounts of substances (from atomic mass to grams).

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Preview video in order to scaffold information for learners 
  • Choose stopping points in the video and script questions and problems for learners to discuss and solve in pairs
  • Follow up with labs and activities to support complex concepts discussed in class
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson assumes high schoolers already understand conservation of mass, chemical equations, and converting between units
  • Must have a classroom computer, Internet access, and a projection system to use the lesson
Pros

  • Video relates stoichiometry to trying to determine how much sugar to put into a cup of tea to make sweet tea
  • Relates complex concepts to high school students, keeping them engaged and cementing the material 
Cons

  • The video is very detailed, heavy with information, which might require you to explore and extend the lesson further in the lab and classroom 
Common Core

NGSS