All Matter articles – Page 3

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    Mrs Johal's class

    In Search of Solutions: Sand, sawdust and salt, all mixed up, can your students recover them? Linking to topics on dissolving, evaporating, filtration and density.

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    Desert survival

    In Search of Solutions: Challenge students to extract drinking water from damp sand, a real desert survival scenario! Linking to topics on evaporation and condensation.

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    Kareena’s chemistry – episode 4: solids, liquids and gases

    FunKids radio, in collaboration with the RSC, has produced a set of short chemistry snippets introducing children to chemistry- the what, why and how.

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    Kareena’s chemistry – episode 1: chemistry is all around

    FunKids radio, in collaboration with the RSC, has produced a set of short chemistry snippets introducing children to chemistry- the what, why and how.

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    Kareena’s chemistry – episode 8: soaps and detergents

    FunKids radio, in collaboration with the RSC, has produced a set of short chemistry snippets introducing children to chemistry- the what, why and how.

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    Water and hydrogels

    Challenge your students to answer the question: are we wasting water?

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    Solids, liquids and gases

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    The ‘solids, liquids and gases’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn that materials can be classified as solid, liquid or gas, and to recognise the difference.

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    Separating mixtures

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    The ‘separating mixtures’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how sieving can separate particles of different sizes and other methods used for separating mixtures.

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    Rock and soils

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    The rocks and soils chapter from That s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn that different types of rocks and soils have different properties.

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    Outreach: thermochromic materials

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    Chemicals and materials which change colour are fun and useful. In this activity you will handle thermochromic materials.

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    Outreach: magic sand

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    Magic sand is magic because when it is in water it stays dry. Observe and learn about the usefulness of this hydrophobic subtance.

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    Mixing and dissolving materials

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    The ‘mixing and dissolving materials’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn that mixtures are made up of more than one substance and that some mixtures can be separated.

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    Heating and cooling materials

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    The ‘heating and cooling materials’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how the properties of some materials change when they are heated, and that some of these changes are irreversible.

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    Burning

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    The ‘burning’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn that when materials are burned new materials are formed, and that this process in not reversible. 

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    Hand warmers

    Use these student activities and teacher guide to investigate reusable and disposable hand warmers. You will compare reusable variants made with sodium acetate vs disposable handwarmers. You can also try making your own hand warmers. These activities may work well as a project on class topics like ‘winter’ or ‘body ...

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    Concentration simulation

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    Explore concentration with this interactive simulation. Add different solutes to water and adjust the controls to change their concentration:

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    Ammonia fountain experiment

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    Discover how the sol­u­bil­i­ty of am­mo­nia and the pow­er of at­mo­spher­ic pres­sure can make a minia­ture chem­i­cal foun­tain.

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    Electrolysis of molten zinc chloride

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    This demonstration shows that an ionic salt will conduct electricity when molten but not when solid. Zinc chloride is used - this will melt at Bunsen burner temperatures.

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    Bubbles that float and sink

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    Create carbon dioxide, hydrogen or methane filled bubbles in a demonstration that touches on areas such as density, diffusion and the solubility of gases.

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    Sodium ethanoate 'stalagmite'

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    Quickly grow your own ‘stalagmite’ from a supersaturated solution of sodium ethanoate.