The Basics of Chemistry: The Assignments
Mr. Amerson's introduction to the elements for 8th grade science students.
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The students can choose from among the following assignments. They
can also choose in advance whether they can make an "A", "B", or "C". If
you are a teacher trying to use this for your class, substitute whatever
assignments you wish.
Students can make a "C" by completing at least 12 of the following:
Worksheet- The Elements
Worksheet- Valence Electrons
Study Guides to Chapter 9 (Glencoe)
Concept Mapping: Chapter 9 (Glencoe)
Worksheet: Who Am I?
Worksheet: Element Code
Activity: Valence Man cut and paste
Lab: Arrangement of the Periodic Table
Audio Activity: Chapter 9
Alien Periodic Table
Internet Activity: The History of the Elements
Lecture: Metals and Non-metals
Lecture: Arrangement of the Periodic Table/ The Structure of the Atom
Demonstration: Flame test and metal salts
Students can receive a "B" on the unit by completing the "C" level and at
least 2 of the following:
Write a 1-2 paragraph essay on how the Valence Man activity compares to the
Observe 2 cans (1 aluminum, 1 steel) in the weather for 2 weeks.
Write your observations.
Get a bottle of multi-vitamins and list the elements present. Use the periodic
table to determine if each is a metal, non-metal, or metalloid. List
in a table format.
Make a table that lists metals used in world currencies. Find at least
Write a letter to The Aluminum Association to find out about various
uses of aluminum.
Collect samples of easily attainable elements and prepare a board listing
their names, properties, uses, with the sample of the element.
Using Geometric shapes, create a model of a BuckyBall (Buckminsterfullerene).
Create a 3-dimensional model of an atom.
Find at least 5 web sites relating to chemistry that you actually find
interesting. Use the web site critique form to critique the sites.
Write a 1-2 page double-spaced (12 point) report on one of the following
How/why silicon is used in the making of computer chips
The Moh's Scale
How the clearing of tropical rain forest affects the ozone layer
A topic of your choice okay'd by the teacher
Students can receive an "A" by completing both the "C" and "B" levels and
doing at least one of the following:
Research and demonstrate an experiment that shows a chemical reaction taking
place and be able to explain it.
Create a multimedia presentation on the use of silicon in computer chips.
Create a multimedia presentation on a topic okay'd by your teacher.
Do a research paper on the history of coinage metals in the U.S.
Lab: Preparing and Observing Oxygen (p. 286 Glencoe)
Create your own web page that incorporates things learned in the unit. Your
page should be a summary of sorts of "everything you know". You can
gear the page toward younger kids.
Create a 20 question test with an answer key.
All grades are negotiable. For example, you can substitute 2 "A"s
for the "B" and "A" level stuff.
Each student must also keep a journal that reflects their daily experiences.
These will not be graded but will count toward your participation grade.
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These pages were created by Jeff
Amerson , all rights reserved, as part of
GirlTECH, a teacher
training and student technology council program sponsored by the
Center for Research on Parallel
Computation (CRPC), a National Science
and Technology Center
Constellation , training teachers to integrate technology into classrooms.
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