ScienceLesson Plans - Science

Term 3 - 2017

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Chemistry - Fire & Light

This term we will learn about many chemistry concepts: 
Spectrometry, Photons, Chemiluminescence, Carbohydrates, and Deflagration.

  • Create colored fire-balls to identify chemical substances
  • Make a glow-in-the-dark test tube by mixing special chemicals
  • Breathe fire (safely) as you learn to turn food into fuel  
  • Shoot giant streams of colored foam into the air

Atom Fire Glowing Beaker by Tavo Romann Mist Foam

Alternating Hands-on Labs and engaging Theory Lessons

Pencil = Theory

beaker = Lab

 

Pencil1) Inside an Atom - *Elements*

Week #1 (July 12 to 14)

Submarine

In this lesson we will have a close look at what the matter all around us is made of. 

Concepts

Atom
  • Atoms
  • Quarks
  • Elements
  • Molecules
  • Flame Test
  • Electron energy levels
  • Photons
  • Spectral Lines
  • Spectroscopy
  • Ions
  • Salts

 

Periodic Tables Online

 

Videos

 

Deeper Videos

 

Print a Periodic Table

What to do Junior Senior
Print the PDF on paper
Everyone should print the PDF
PDF
PDF

 

beaker 2) Rainbow on Fire - *Spectrometry*

Week #2 (July 19 to 21)

Fire

In this lab you will use chemistry to change the color of fire! 
You will make fireballs of different colors, and then use spectrometry to solve the mystery of what is in each chemical solution.

 

Concepts

  • Spectrometry
  • Flame Test
  • Ions
  • Cations
  • Anions
  • Salts
  • Solubility

 

Print the Lab

What to do Junior Senior
Print the PDF on paper
Everyone should print the PDF
PDF
PDF

 

Safety

Glasses
Gloves Hair Old Clothes
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Pencil 3) Light it Up! - *Photons*

Week #3 (July 26 to 28)

Photon - NASA/Sonoma State University/Aurore Simonnet

In this lesson we will learn about what light is, and how different chemical reactions can produce light in different ways.

IonsConcepts

  • Spectrometry
  • Chemiluminescence
  • Light
  • Electron energy levels
  • Fluorescing
  • Ions
  • Cations
  • Anions
  • Salts
  • Solubility

 

Nothing to print this week.
Bring your lab results from last week.

 

Videos

 

Deeper Videos

 

beaker 4) Glow Sticks Test Tubes - *Chemiluminescence*

Week #4 (Aug 2 to 4)

Glowing Beaker by Tavo Romann

 

In this lab you will mix chemicals to produce a chemiluminescence reaction that will produce a liquid that glows in the dark.

You will then explore how you can control the rate of a reaction by adjusting the temperature of the reaction.

 

GlowingConcepts

  • Kinetics - Reaction Rate (temperature)
  • Chemiluminescence
  • Light
  • Electron energy levels
  • Fluorescing
  • Solubility

 

Print the Lab

What to do Junior Senior
Print the PDF on paper
Everyone should print the PDF
PDF
PDF

 

Safety

Glasses
Gloves Hair Old Clothes
Glasses Gloves Hair Lab coat

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Extra notes on the safety of taking glow sticks apart at home

5-6) Break - *2 Weeks*

CalendarNo classes for 2 weeks

August 9 to 11
August 16 to 18

Pencil7) Carbon Cupcakes? - *Carbohydrates*

CupcakesWeek #7 (Aug 23 to 25)

 

You probably know that carbohydrates fuel your body, but what are they made of? 

You will learn about how powerful these substances are, and the chemistry behind them.

Concepts

  • Redox
  • Carbon, Oxygen, Hydrogen
  • Carbohydrates
  • Sugars & Starches

 

Nothing to print this week.
Bring your lab results from week 4 (Glow Sticks Test Tubes - *Chemiluminescence*)

beaker8) Fire Breathing - *Deflagration*

Week #8 (Aug 30 to Sep 1)

Mist

 

Deflagration is a fancy term for a type of explosion.

In this lab we learn how to change the rate of a reaction by altering the surface area of the reactants.  This allows us to take substances that don’t normally burn, and make them explosive!

You are going to learn how to take a common food ingredient that doesn’t burn, and use it to literally breathe fire!

SAFETY –Do not worry, we will be taking extreme safety precautions
(we won’t be doing it quite like the picture)

Concepts

  • Deflagration
  • Redox
  • Kinetics - Reaction Rate (surface area)
  • Carbon, Oxygen, Hydrogen
  • Carbohydrates
  • Sugars & Starches

 

 

Safety

Glasses
Gloves Hair Old Clothes
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Pencil9) Is There an Easier Way? - *Catalysts*

Week #9 (Sep 6 to 8)

Dominos

If you can make a chemical reaction happen more easily it will often happen faster as well. 

This is often why we use catalysts: to speed up or initiate reactions.

In this lesson we will learn what catalysts are and how they work.

Concepts

  • Catalyst
  • Peroxide
  • Decomposition
  • Oxygen
  • Oxidizer

 

Nothing to print this week.
Nothing special to bring.

beaker10) Elephant Toothpaste - *Decomposition*

Week #10 (Sep 13 to 15)

Foam Slime

Concepts

  • Catalyst
  • Peroxide
  • Decomposition
  • Oxygen
  • Oxidizer

 

 

Safety

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