You Be The Chemist Activity Guides

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Learn about density through hands-on activities! This set includes the following activities: *Density Totem: Students will layer a variety of liquids to understand how density can be observed and how relative densities of different substances can
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Overview Students will layer a variety of liquids to understand how density can be observed and how relative densities of different substances can be predicted through a series of tests. We can use the physical property of density to explain why
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Overview Students will discover the connection between density and whether an object will sink or float. How can we determine if an object will sink or float in water? In this activity, students will calculate the density of butter and compare it
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Overview Students will explore the properties of density and solubility through a challenge to make a liquid rainbow. How can we determine relative densities of saltwater solutions? In this activity, students will try to layer different colored
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Overview Students will explore the concepts of density and solubility as they watch raisins “dance” in a glass of soda water or pop. What makes the raisins “dance” or causes them to sink and float? In this activity, students observe as bubbles form
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Students place an inverted cup containing a paper towel into a bowl of water to show that air takes up space. This activity demonstrates the presence of gas, a state of matter that can be difficult to see, by providing a method to show that air (a
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Students explore the physical changes of melting and freezing and the effect that salt has on the freezing point of water. What effect does salt have on the freezing point of water? Water changes states from solid to liquid (melting) or liquid to
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Students mix a variety of solid crystals into water, then use the solutions to paint on black paper and watch solid crystals form again. In this activity, students learn about the solubility of solids and the process of crystallization. Students
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

All of our You Be The Chemist Activity Guides are now available on the Chemical Educational Foundation website for free!

The Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) is a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring today’s students to be tomorrow’s thinkers, innovators & STEM leaders, building a better world through science. CEF’s You Be The Chemist® programs share the excitement and value of chemistry and STEM careers with K-8 students through accessible science programs and hands-on experiences. A longtime educator favorite, the You Be The Chemist Activity Guides are a must-have to bring fun, hands-on science to grade K-8 students.

Learn more about CEF at www.chemed.org, and follow us on social media to learn more about our programs! You can also contact us with any questions or comments at comments@chemed.org.

What is included in the Fifth Edition Activity Guides?

  • Nearly 50 science activities that use common, inexpensive household materials
  • Ideas and guidelines to facilitate classroom integration using the 5E instructional model
  • Connections to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Background information and explanations to help educators become comfortable with the material and bring science to life
  • Real-world connections to careers, applications, and everyday life for the science and chemistry concepts in each activity
  • Differentiation techniques to enrich any classroom serving students ranging from kindergarten through 8th grade and to connect with students of varying ability levels

What topics do the Activity Guides cover?

The Activity Guides cover a range of topics across chemistry, biology, and physics, and can be extended to cover much more! The Fifth Edition Activity Guides are broken up into the following sections:
  1. Properties of Matter
    • States of Matter
    • Density
    • Surface Tension
    • Separation Techniques
    • Solubility
  2. Chemical Reactions 
    • Basics of Chemical Reactions
    • Polymers
    • Acids & Bases
    • Reaction Rates & Catalysts
  3. Energy 
  4. Forces & Interactions 
  5. Life & Earth Sciences 
 

Where can I use the Activity Guides?

The Activity Guide lessons are versatile and easy to do anywhere! Some examples of great places to try them out:
  • In the classroom
  • At home
  • In an afterschool program or summer camp
  • At a science fair or festival
  • At a museum event (chemistry day, family fun night, etc.)
  • At a family-oriented event (hosted by a school, a community organization, etc.)
  • In a children’s hospital
  • At another public event (sports game, performance, etc.)
Head on over to our Activity Guides  page to learn more about these resources!

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