This bundle contains eleven unique resources for teaching your Matter/Chemistry Unit. It will save you more than 20% of the cost of purchasing the products separately, and includes resources that will help you teach everything usually covered in an introductory level chemistry unit.
Each of the individual products in the bundle is described below. You can click on each hyperlink to get more information than is in the brief description. I also strongly encourage you to click on the green “preview” button under the product cover picture where you can see more about each resource.
The resources you’ll receive are:
Atomic Structure Flip Book
This five page flip-book provides information on the parts of the atom, electron shells, atomic number, atomic mass, ions, and isotopes. It is formatted to fit an interactive notebook. It’s a great study guide and perfect for use with my atomic structure task cards.
Atomic Structure Task Cards
You’ll receive 28 task cards that cover the same concepts as the Atomic Structure Flip Book, and which require students to apply what they have learned.
Balancing Chemical Equations
This is a 106 slide PowerPoint. It is richly illustrated and has student tasks embedded in it, to keep your students on task. You’ll also receive student notes that accompany the PowerPoint and require student interaction. I’m really confident that by using this PowerPoint you will help students get a firm understanding of the process of balancing equations, and help them to avoid common mistakes.
Chemistry Playing Cards
Combine FUN with practice of basic chemistry vocabulary including identifying examples of atoms, elements, compounds, molecules, chemical formulas, chemical symbols, and chemical equations by using this chemistry card game. It’s a variation on Old Maid, called “Turkey”.
Chemical Symbols Color by Number
I have received so many great reviews on this activity, including some from high school teachers. Even big kids like to color! What better way to do repeated practice of chemical symbols? And this is a way for you to easily assess how well your students have learned the 20 commonly used chemical symbols.
Density Story-Based Problem Solving
Your students will NOT be bored by doing practice problems for determining density when the problems are based on a mystery story about museum artifacts. And better yet – after students calculate the density of the objects, their “answer sheet” is a color by number picture of a cat statue that is part of this story-based practice activity.
The Elements: Non-fiction Reading Passages
Science teachers face increasing pressure to support English/Language Arts standards for teaching students to read informational text. And really, it’s important that we do that. But it’s not easy to find SHORT non-fiction reading materials that support your chemistry unit and are written specifically for middle school/junior high students. Problem solved.
Matter Unit Pre-Assessment
The American Academy for the Advancement of Science conducted assessments with students from grades 6-12 to determine what misconceptions they have about matter. This short assessment will help you to learn which of those common misconceptions are held by YOUR students so that you can plan to address them during your instruction.
Response Cards for Easy Formative Assessment in Chemistry
Speaking of assessment… When you ask students questions, and call on several of them - you really only find out what those few students know. And if you ask for volunteers to answer - you find out what the volunteers know. But if you use these response cards, you’ll find out what EVERY student knows (or doesn’t). You’ll be able to correct misconceptions on the spot. And you won’t have any quizzes to grade. (Woot!)
States of Matter Spinner Wheel
Kids can’t resist playing with models that move. And the more they play with this one, the more review they’re doing about the states of matter. It’s differentiated, so you can adjust as necessary for different students. Give it as an assignment with a textbook reading passage, or use it in place of note taking during your lesson, or even use it as a homework assignment if your students have access at home to simple things like tape and scissors. It’s even simple enough to leave as a substitute teacher activity.
Warm Ups For Middle School Chemistry
Those first few minutes of class are critical for class management, student engagement, and getting students geared up for learning. But it’s hard to come up with a different 5-10 min. activity for EVERY class during your matter/chemistry unit. This set of 20 warm up tasks (enough for a month of chemistry) will do the trick!