You won't believe how easy and fun this lab is! Students will mirror the inside of a clear glass ornament using a chemical reaction with silver nitrate. Students create the ornament and do mole and atom calculations using Avogadro's number. It can be done with on-level or pre-AP chemistry and is a great way to end classes before the holidays. It's real chemistry, not just a fun project.
This file includes gift tags to be printed out on cardstock and a sheet of fun paper to make the box they use to carry the ornament home. Students enjoy preparing these for presentation even if they do have to determine the number of atoms of silver deposited and the value of the metal in the ornament!
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It takes about 20 minutes to mass, label, and create the box to hold the ornament on day 1. Day 2 takes about 15-20 minutes to run the experiment and set the ornament up to dry. Day 3 takes 20 minutes to mass the ornament, do the calculations, and then add the cap, ribbon, and tag.
This product includes: a) teacher instructions, b) 3 power points to drive the activity, one for each day, 3) lab sheets for students, and 4) copies of the gift tags to print on cardstock.
• Reinforcement of difficult concepts
• Hands on experience
• Cooperative Learning
• Mole and atom calculations
• Teacher instructions and set up
• Student handouts
Keywords: stoichiometry, christmas, winter holiday, chemical reaction, silver nitrate, dextrose, sodium hydroxide, metal series, replacement, chemistry, pre-AP, honors, advanced, moles, atoms, molecules, ornament, silver, silver nitrate, microchemistry, microchem