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This set of middle school instructional materials was developed specifically for use with the PhET simulation "Balancing Chemical Equations". It includes pre-lab assessment, complete lesson plan, student guide, teaching tips, homework, and extension activities. All documents are freely downloadable in doc or pdf formats.
See Related Materials for a link to the simulation "Balancing Chemical Equations", which must be open to perform this activity.
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Metadata instance created
August 15, 2011
by Caroline Hall
August 18, 2016
by Lyle Barbato
Last Update when Cataloged:
June 2, 2011
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
4. The Physical Setting
4D. The Structure of Matter
6-8: 4D/M7a. No matter how substances within a closed system interact with one another, or how they combine or break apart, the total mass of the system remains the same.
6-8: 4D/M7b. The idea of atoms explains the conservation of matter: If the number of atoms stays the same no matter how the same atoms are rearranged, then their total mass stays the same.
6-8: 4D/M11. Substances react chemically in characteristic ways with other substances to form new substances with different characteristic properties.
6-8: 4D/M12. If samples of both the original substances and the final substances involved in a chemical reaction are broken down, they are found to be made up of the same set of elements.
6-8: 4D/M13. The idea of atoms explains chemical reactions: When substances interact to form new substances, the atoms that make up the molecules of the original substances combine in new ways.
11. Common Themes
6-8: 11B/M1. Models are often used to think about processes that happen too slowly, too quickly, or on too small a scale to observe directly. They are also used for processes that are too vast, too complex, or too dangerous to study.
This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.
Topic: Particles and Interactions and the Standard Model Unit Title: Elements and the Periodic Table Links to Units:
Topic: Particles and Interactions and the Standard Model Unit Title: Molecular Structures and Bonding
This lesson, a PhET Gold Star winner, provides guidance for beginners who are using the related simulation Balancing Chemical Equations. It contains pre-lab assessment, student guide, background information and lesson plan, homework problems, and an extension activity. Overall, a fun and game-like method to learn about chemical equations.
Esler, J. (2011, June 2). PhET Teacher Activities: Balancing Chemical Equations. Retrieved February 22, 2017, from Physics Education Technology Project: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3441
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