This collection of classroom resources features activities from our Pedagogical approaches course for teachers, from our Teaching Chemistry series. This collection is most valuable to those who have attended this course and wish to put into practice with their students some of the ideas and activities presented as part of that event. Please note that this list is not exhaustive; not all trainer activities have a corresponding classroom resource. In some circumstances there is variation between the training resource and classroom resource.
A booklet aimed at students aged between 14 and 16 years. The text is supported by questions, tables of data and diagrams.
Alkenes (carbon compounds containing double bonds) undergo addition reactions. In this experiment molecules of phenylethene (styrene) – the monomer – add on to each other to form polyphenylethene (polystyrene) - the polymer.
This activity is designed to develop the students’ higher order thinking – particularly critical thinking skills – in the context of problem solving. It should help students to recall the facts about some common polymers.
This experiment involves producing copper from copper ore (malachite). The composition of malachite is mainly copper(II) carbonate CuCO3.Cu(OH)2. This experiment involves heating the copper(II) carbonate with carbon.
Seawater is often called salt water but it contains various different salts. In this experiment you will separate some of these salts from the mixture.
In this activity students make a plastic from potato starch and investigate the effect of adding a ‘plasticiser’ has on the polymer that they make.
Perform this ‘trick’ with a solution of decanedioyl dichloride in cyclohexane floated on an aqueous solution of 1,6-diaminohexane. As nylon forms at the interface, it can be pulled out as fast as it is produced forming a long thread: the ‘nylon rope’.
Perform something close to alchemy by dipping a ‘copper’ coin into a solution of sodium zincate in contact with zinc to make it appear silver, before holding it in a Bunsen flame for a few seconds to form an alloy of brass making it appear gold.
Show the flame colours of alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, and other metal salts by safely spraying sodium chloride, potassium chloride, lithium chloride, copper sulfate and ethanol through a bunsen flame.