Chemistry Lesson Plan Menu


Developed in 2012

Absorption Spectroscopy and Solution Stoichiometry (Grades 10 & 11)

Gas Properties Virtual Lab (Grade 10)

Marbling Paper (Grades 9-12)

Melting Ice With Road Salt: An Inquiry-Based Project (Grades 6-8)


Developed in 2011

Using Flame Tests to Identify Unknowns (Grades 9 - 12)


Developed in 2010

Alka Rockets! An Introduction to Kinetics (Grades 9 & 10)

Lithography Techniques/Making a Printed Circuit Board (Grades 10-12)


Developed in 2009

How is the Strength of an Acid Determined?


Developed in 2008

BioFuels: The chemistry and economics of alternative fuels

Bridge cable corrosion

Finding the Average Atomic Mass of the Element Chocolatium

Finding the Average People Mass for the Element Called "Humans"

How is a REDOX reaction used to power a car?/Can the car run on hydrogen?

How much carbon dioxide is in my seltzer water?

The perils of drinking water


Developed in 2007

A reaction involving production of a gas

How is column chromatography useful?

Types of reactions

Vapor Pressure

Water: a lesson in polarity and solubility

Water and surface tension


Developed in 2006

The CHEMISTRY of ice cream


Developed in 2005

Acidic Apples.....Basic Belches

DNA fingerprinting through a chemistry lens

Three phases of matter

What are the elements and their symbols?


Developed in 2004

Electro negativity

How do we study matter?

Organization of the Periodic Table

Seltzer Breath

Teaching the concept of chemical potential energy


Developed in 2003

How does adding a solute affect the freezing point of a solvent?

How to identify a physical change from a chemical change

Radioactive decay and half-life

The Periodic Table

Teaching Avogadro's number


Developed in 2002

Atomic structure - Historical background

Covalent bond

Demonstrating liquid crystallization

The flame and the atom: Rutherford’s gold foil experiment

The nature of dissolving processes

What factors affect when water boils?

Which brand of Air Freshener is most cost effective?


Developed in 2001

Acids and bases : Their reactions, conductivity, base indicators and neutralization reaction (4 lab lessons)

Chromatography: What is it? How does it work? and Who uses it?

How can we measure the rate of a chemical reaction?

The conceptual theory of chromatography

Extraction of allicin:  The active ingredient in garlic

How does nuclear fission differ from nuclear fusion?

Synthesis and scanning probe microscopy of electrically and optically active liquid crystals (for staff development)

The gas state: Pressure


Developed in 2000

Arsenic contamination research

Chemical formulas

Compounds, formulas and equations

Determining the size and purity of a molecule sample

How are the properties of covalent compounds influenced by chemical bonding?

How big is a molecule?

How can we determine the concentration of an unknown solution?

How may natural substances be analyzed as standards using thin-layer chromatography (TLC)?

Investigating the shapes of covalent molecules

Mathematical and chemical relationships of stoichiometric problems

Measuring thermal energy transfer

Observing the effect of a change in conditions on a system at equilibrium

The periodic table of elements game

Two activities related to natural products

  1. Operation of the microwave oven for chemistry experiments
  2. Extraction of caffeine from tea leaves  

Using thin layer chromatography to identify amino acids in solution


Developed in 1999

Analysis of bleach

Chemical composition of everyday objects  

Demonstrating that light is dissipated as chlorophyll a fluoresces

Developing a theory about the nature of the contents of a sealed box

Devising a set of experiments to test water for dissolved substances

Exothermic and endothermic changes

How can we calculate the molecular weight of butane?

How do I get a pure sample of the molecules I make?

How to design an experiment

Investigating the shapes of covalent molecules

Molecular modeling activity

Teaching students how to read the protein concentration in a sample

Understanding of the structure of an amino group

Using chromatography to identify substances in an unknown solution

Water quality monitoring

What is the thermal depolymerization process?


Developed in 1998

How can we accurately make different solutions of different concentrations?

How can we calculate an equilibrium constant?

How can we make mini-molar concentrations of HCl?

Introduction to AP Chemistry

Molecular modeling activity

The synthesis of some organic compounds and their representative structures


Developed in 1997

Beta-oxidation of unsaturated fatty acids

Determining the concentration of a solution: Beer's Law

How can the concentrations of a solution be determined?

How does a spectrophotometer work?

Preparation of chalcone derivatives

Pressure-volume relationship in gases (Boyle's Law)

Why does ice float?


Developed in 1995

Molecular modeling with computers