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  1. Acidity Of Foods- This set of activities will help the students realize that the concept of acidity applies to everyday things like foods, as well as to laboratory chemicals.
  2. Air Pressure- Students K-8 will be able to demonstrate the pushing power, or pressure, of air.
  3. Amazing Salt- To see what effect salt has on ice.
  4. Biodegradable- To demonstrate the uses of the three types of biodegradables.
  5. Cereals- Students will learn to read labels to determine amounts of sugar and salt in cereals.
  1. Chemical Composition of American Coins- Students will understand the role that chemistry plays in identifying the composition of coins and in determining suitable substitutes if these compositions have to be changed.
  2. Chemistry in Foods- To develop an understanding of the function of indicators. To develop an understanding of some simple chemistry concepts.
  3. Chemistry In The Kitchen- Students will be expected to take various substances and make their own chemical reaction.
  4. Chromatography - Chemical Separation of Colors- The students will explore, observe, and examine colors and events using a combination of senses to collect and process data.
  5. Classic Trash- Students will learn how to classify trash into the categories: organic, renewable/recyclable, nonrenewable/recyclable, and nonrenewable/hard to recycle.
  6. Combustion in a Test Tube- To review and enhance vocabulary understanding of words related to the science unit. To develop and enhance students' understanding of combustion.
  7. Eggshells- Students will understand the value of porosity of eggshells.
  8. Electrochemical Cells- To show that some chemical changes can produce electrical energy.
  9. Electron Configuration - A set of three rules can be used to determine the electron arrangement of 90% of the elements.
  10. Element Project - Given instruction on how to create a Power Point presentation, students will use the information gathered through research about their element and create a presentation that contains a minimum of seven slides. The students will then present their findings to the class.
  11. Esters: The Secret of Natural and Synthetic Fragrances- To acquaint junior high students with the many natural foods and plants that contain an ester.
  12. Fermentation Of Apple Cider- To determine the chemical changes made in the process of fermentation.
  13. Flame Test- Understand that the color and spectral lines are determined by the electron configuration of each element.
  14. Gases, Pressure, and Volume- To demonstrate the relationship between the pressure of a fixed quantity of gas and its volume.
  15. Making Mayonnaise-An Edible Emulsion- Students will conclude that oil and water are immiscible and can not be mixed.
  16. Milk Glue- The objectives of this intermediate lab are to practice filtration and observe a precipitation reaction and a neutralization reaction.
  17. Mining an Ore- Students will differentiate between an ore and a mineral.
  18. Nitroglycerine and Alfred Nobel - Nobel discovers dynamite and becomes enormously rich from patents.
  19. Oobleck/Slime War- Students will observe the properties of different slimes. Test the properties of different slimes.
  20. Paper Chromatography- The students will learn and understand the separation of color in a mixture using a liquid or solvent through a solid material, such as paper.
  21. Pesticides- The student will be able to make a judgment about the use of pesticides.
  22. Playful Polymers- Discussing the relationships between types and uses of polymers.
  23. Pollution - What is it doing to us?- Students will recognize and understand some of the devastating effects of the acid rains and other possible factors that are contrary to the pH balance of nature.
  24. Polymers- The students will gain an understanding of what polymers are.
  25. Polymers: The Discovery- Describe the relationship between the cross-linking of molecules to make a polymer.
  26. Preparation of Artificial Flavorings and Fragrances- To ignite the spark of learning which is latent in the depths of the student's mind.
  27. Properties of Soaps- Students will be able to perform tests using indicators such as blue litmus paper, red litmus paper, and pH paper.
  28. Recycling- Understand the importance of filtration.
  29. Reuse, Reduce, Recycle Paper- The objective of recycling paper is to allow the children to explore paper; where does it comes from and how it is made. The students will be able to use measurements in the standard and metric form as well as work in cooperative groups.
  30. Solubility and Bonding I and II- Identify a substance's bonding (ionic or covalent) from its chemical formula.
  31. Starches and Fats- Students will distinguish between a food that contains starch and a food that contains fats.
  32. The Determination of the Presence of Reducing Sugars- Labs used to show that a plant produces sugar such as fructose or dextrose.
  33. The Tests of Fluids for Excess Glucose, Amino Acids and salicyclic acid- To introduce students to the tests, and to provide hands on experience in determining whether these tests apply to the fluids involved.
  34. They Call Me Slime: A.K.A. PLASTIC- Identifying plastics and it's chemical, physical and reactional changes.
  35. What is Soap?- Discover how soap behaves through experimentation.
  36. What The Peanuts Say: Catabolism and Calories- The objective of this lesson plan activity is to demonstrate the relationship between heat, specific foods, and calories.
  37. What's The Periodic Table? - Introduction to the Periodic Table of the Elements.
  38. Why Cheerios Don't Sink- Students will participate in the demonstration in order to discover Archimedes' Principle and how it relates to density, and gain practice in using the scientific method.