1. Chemistry Experiments
Chemistry wouldn't be chemistry if you didn't do some mixing and pouring, shifting and stirring. But just where do you get the stuff to mix and stir?
Okay, technically these are chemistry demonstrations, because true science experiments are conducted to test a hypothesis without knowing the real outcome. I don't know about you, but I really don't want my kids mixing chemicals without anyone really knowing what the outcome is going to be.
But in the usual, everyday language, an experiment is a hands-on way of doing science, and chemistry just wouldn't be chemistry if we didn't do a little mixing and pouring. Nor would it be much fun for anyone.
Here are three possible resources for your chemistry experiments.
Thames & Kosmos Chemistry C500
The Thames & Kosmos C500 Chemistry kit has 28 experiments for kids 10 and over so it is just the right size for a 4 to 12 week homeschool chemistry unit for kids in middle school or upper elementary. The kit has MOST of what you need.
Okay, just to give you a heads up, here are the "every-day household items" you will need to complete these experiments.
- White vinegar
- Denatured alcohol (look next to paint thinner in your local hardware store. You have to buy a whole lot more than you need, but it makes awesome glass cleaner which will keep your windows sparkling for quite a while.)
- A Lemon
- Sparkling mineral water
- Distilled Water
- Rain Water
- Yellowish paper
- Shiny iron nail
- 9 volt battery
- Blotting Paper
The Thames & Kosmos kits are readily available. In addition to the ubiquitous amazon, you can also get them from your local toy stores, or JM Cremps on-line stores that have lots of cool stuff for learning.
Barrons's Science Wizardry for Kids
Ignore the word "wizardry" in the title: this is a classic book of kids experiments listed by subject area. It's about the best I've ever seen, and the first two chapters are related to.....you guessed it - chemistry!
You will get to do many of the same type of experiments as you do in the kit above; and in fact has 28 chemistry projects. It is written for 3rd to 6th grade kids.
It doesn't come in a neat little box, but the activities suggested in MatchCard Science Chemistry Unit (see below) will also provide you with hands-on chemistry activities.
2. Chemistry Curriculum
Well, of course you want your little Einstein to stir and pour his or her way into the chemistry hall of fame, but it takes more than just some chemistry experiments to accomplish that. You are going to need a chemistry curriculum that teaches the basic facts and concepts of chemistry.
MatchCard Science Chemistry Unit Study
The MatchCard Science Chemistry Unit Study
provides all the information listed above and more. It's twelve objectives include:
- Atomic Structure
- >Chemical Symbols
- Electron Configuration
- Compounds & Mixtures
- Chemical & Physical Changes
- States of Matter
- Conservation of Mass
- Acids & Bases
- The Periodic Table
In addition to the MatchCard's that provide all the information to complete the objectives, this homeschool chemistry unit study provides the answer key and suggested hands-on activities.
3. Molecular Models
While we do use paper plates, marshmallows, and Styrofoam balls to help students visualize molecules, sooner or later you will need a professional chemistry model set to demonstrate molecular bonds.
Molymod Student Set
Molymod does have a student set of 52 pieces that allows students to make molecules of the following: