Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Diabolical Chemical Pursuits!



This month we have started the hands-on portion of our chemistry unit. We have invited a friend of “Little One’s” along to join us in our diabolical chemical pursuits! 



I started by taking a look at the Teams Chemistry Unit in Discovery Education (you will need a subscription to Discovery Education). Though it is definitely “old school” I really like the way that it breaks down the steps of each experiment, tells the student where to pause the video and go and do it on their own. When the teacher is leading, he gives the student all of the information as he is showing the students the techniques and outcomes of the experiments.


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There is a PDF that goes along with each lesson with all of the materials that you will need as well as the student worksheets and lesson plans.



Back in the summer I asked other home educators in our area if anyone would like to partner with us in sharing the chemicals for the experiments in these units. Two other families were willing and so I made a list and ordered the chemicals from New Horizons Scientific. They were very helpful as some of the names weren’t the same but they knew the chemicals that we would need. I have included the list as a here as a jpeg so that you can quickly save it if you would like to do this unit. It ended up costing a little over $20.00 per family. 


Some of the other supplies needed are household items like baking soda, cornstarch, vinegar, sugar, fruit juices, steel wool, food colouring, bleach etc. One of the other families is just wrapping this Chemistry unit up. Both of our children have completed the Adaptive Curriculum Unit on Chemistry, have done the Discovery Education Teams Chemistry and are planning to give our children some exposure to the Periodic Table. I was thinking about having little one do this project and see some videos from this site. I was also thinking that this activity would be worthwhile.



Well, I hope that this will encourage you as you enter the world of Chemistry!!
Blessings!

1 comment:

  1. A friend sent along this link for a Periodic Table Lapbook. It looks great! Thanks J.
    http://www.homeschoolshare.com/periodic_table.php

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