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The Candle Icebreaker part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Small groups of students examine a candle to consider its chemical properties. Class discussion follows to consider macro vs. molecular events, energy, phase changes, etc.

Acids and Bases part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Conceptual pH ranking activity

Using enthalpy to assess fuel sources part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
A variety of fuels are evaluated for the amount of heat they liberate upon burning. This includes a discussion of how different criteria can influence the evaluation of what makes a "good" fuel.

Limiting Reactants: Industrial Case Study part of Examples
An exercise in which students apply limiting reactants, mass ratios and percent yields to suggest an optimum industrial process. Cost figures are provided but students are told to come up with, and defend, their own criteria for their recommendation.

Loopy Lewis Dot Diagrams part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Loopy dot diagrams uses fruit loops as a manipulative to help students develop the basic skills for making Lewis dot structures to model covalent bonding.

On The Move part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is designed to help deepen our language and understanding of taking observations. We will also learn that water molecules are in constant motion.

Introduction to Chemistry Tools and Vocabulary through Word Walls and Centers part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
An elementary introduction to chemistry vocabulary, tools and concepts used in science curriculum.

Sponge Lab: Experimenting With Absorption part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity allows students to brainstorm investigable questions, conduct an experiment, and communicate the results related to our invertebrate animal study; specifically sponges and absorption. (Lesson is based on an original activity from "Porifera's Porosity", Holt Science and Technology - Animals, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston 2002, pages 50-51.)

Investigating Matter, Solid or Liquid: Barthlomew and the Oobleck part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
The students will be able to define solids and liquids from their prior knowledge. The students will be able to verbalize the differences between solids and liquids? Observe, communicate and question when things aren't what they appear to be. Is Oobleck a solid or liquid? The answer is that it is both. Have the students come up with their own answers and to communicate their findings. The students will understand the difference between a non-Newtonian fluid and a liquid or a solid.

Food as Fuel part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a lab activity to determine the amount of calories in different foods.

The Three Bears Heat Investigation--It's Just Right part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a classroom lab investigation where students use the story of the three bears to discover inadequacies in the story and discover how to make them correct. Convection, conduction and radiation are involved.

Air- She's so heavy! part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is an inquiry activity that relies of pervious understanding of balancing and weighing to introduce a properties of air.

Student Chemical Reactions Demonstrations part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This lab and demonstration activity involves students conducting chemical reaction experiments to determine the chemical reaction type and writing balanced equations.