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  1. Aspects of Weather- The student will recognize various aspects of weather.
  2. Atomic Structure- The students will be able to locate the three basic parts of a atom on a diagram.
  3. Atomic Structures - Students will be able to calculate the number of neutrons based off the number of protons and the atomic weight.
  4. Atomic Structure and Ionic Bonding (A Visual Approach)- Determine the number of protons, neutrons and electrons for a given element by using the periodic table.
  5. Atoms - At the end of the lesson students should be able to label a diagram of a atom on their own and be able to make calculations if given the atomic mass.
  6. Chemistry is Crystal Clear- Understand that crystals have six basic shapes.
  7. Classification of the Chemical Elements- Students will learn about some of the important chemical and physical properties of the elements.
  1. Color, Light and Excited Electrons- Identify wave parts - crest, frequency, wavelength, trough. Recognize visible light as part of the electromagnetic spectrum.
  2. Composition of the Atom- The students will be able to construct a model of the atom for any element. A performance assessment will be made of this task.
  3. Concentration vs Solubility- The student will be able to distinguish between concentration and solubility.
  4. Crystals- Compare the patterns to basic models of the six crystal systems.
  5. Density: An Introduction- The student will conclude that solid objects of the same size and shape can have different weights and therefore different densities.
  6. Density: Floating, Sinking, and Suspending- The students will observe the change in density by using a variety of different objects to make them float, sink, or suspend in various liquid solutions.
  7. Growing Crystals from Solutions- Forming crystals in three-dimensional patterns from solutions.
  8. How Strong Is The Solution?- Make a mixture of food coloring and water and then determine which solution is stronger, using bleach to remove the color.
  9. Ion (Derstand) Bonding through Energy Level Diagrams- Determine the number of valence electrons using energy level diagrams.
  10. Models of Hydrocarbons- Determine and Construct models of Hydrocarbons.
  11. Mole Relations- Students should be able to: (a) define the "mole"; (b) state the mole relationship between components of a chemical equation.
  12. Molecular Architecture- This was a presentation of a relatively inexpensive model system for use in chemistry or some biology classes. It could also be used in junior high science classes.
  13. Moles, Moles, Moles- Define a mole and measure out a mole by mass or volume.
  14. Mystery: Structure of the Atom - A Case for Indirect Evidence- To acquaint Junior High students with the history, through indirect evidence, of the discovery of each component of the atom with hands on simulation activities.
  15. Periodic Table- To introduce to the students how the periodic chart came into existence.
  16. Polymer- Students will be able to: 1) understand the meaning of a polymer, 2) observe and compare the properties of a polymer, 3) describe the relationship between smaller individual molecules joined together to form the larger polymer molecules, 4) explore common uses of polymers, 5) learn safety and experimental techniques.
  17. Radiation Energy- Explain that radiation energy is all around us and that it can be measured even though it cannot be seen. Understand several ways that radiation (from radioisotopes) helps us every day.
  18. Reading The Periodic Table- Categorize a group of shells and unknown elements using different characteristics.
  19. Stereoisomers- The student will distinguish chiral objects from achiral objects.
  20. Strong Ice- To have the students realize that, although almost all solids and liquids expand when the temperature is raised, water is one of the few substances that expands as it freezes.
  21. Structure of the Atom- Perform a phenomenological activity to illustrate the various concepts of the atom.
  22. Surface Tension of Water- To use the phenomenological approach to demonstrate the basic concepts associated with surface tension.
  23. The Marvels of the Molecule- Describe the concept of the molecule. Create a model of a water molecule.
  24. The Mole- The role of a unifying hypothesis (law) and the reasoning process leading to Avogadro's hypothesis.
  25. The Science of Color and Light- Recognize and identify happy/sad and winter/summer colors from the story -Understand how people see colors.
  26. The Structure of an Atom - To investigate and understand the modern and historical models of atomic structure a. the contributions of Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford, and Bohr in understanding the atom.
  27. The structure of the periodic table- The Jr. High student will be able to understand the structure of the atom, relate the structure of the atom to the structure of the periodic table, use the periodic table to form compounds.
  28. What's The Attraction- To experiment with magnetic attraction. (Primary)
  29. What's The Matter?- Students will be able to name the three states of matter. Students will be able to state the properties of the different states of matter.
  30. Why Are Electrons Important?- Given the location of an element on the periodic table, the student will be able to give the highest energy level the valence electrons are on, and how many valence electrons it has.