Activities

ChemEd X activities are student-centered resources intended to aid learning chemistry topics.

ChemEd X encourages engaging activities where students (with guidance from the teacher) pose questions, analyze data, and make observations to offer a plausible explanation supported by data and consistent with physical observations.

by Michael Jansen
Mon, 04/11/2022 - 12:00

Michael Jansen runs this engaging "big picture" lab on day 1 of Grade 11 Chemistry, which is the students' first dedicated Chemistry course. 

Recent activity: 4 months 2 weeks ago
by Iain Smellie
Sun, 03/13/2022 - 13:19

In recent years, the fluorescence properties of pumpkin seeds have been highlighted on social media. When illuminated with a UV lamp, pumpkin seed extract appears orange/red to the human eye due to fluorescence associated with protochlorophyllide that is present in the seeds. Chlorophyll extracts can also be used as a fluorescent dye in “glowstick” chemiluminescence experiments. The similarities between chlorophylls and protochlorophyllide raised the question, is it possible to use pumpkin seed extract as a fluorescent dye in chemiluminescence experiments? In this short article, some results are reported from attempts to use pumpkin seed extracts for chemiluminescence experiments. 

Recent activity: 6 months 2 weeks ago
by Nora Walsh
Thu, 03/10/2022 - 08:33

Engage your students with this stoichiometry scavenger hunt!

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Recent activity: 4 months 2 weeks ago
by Melanie Harvey
Mon, 02/21/2022 - 19:50

Finding demos related to nuclear chemistry that are interesting, relevant, and manageable is challenging. Melanie Harvey is both a chemistry professor and a ceramic artist. Using Fiestaware to talk about the historical use of radioisotopes is one of her favorite demonstrations. 

Recent activity: 7 months 4 days ago
by Nora Walsh
Mon, 01/31/2022 - 13:37

This flipbook activity helps students to identify and solve problems involving empirical formulas, molecular formulas and percent composition while also helping them see how they are related to each other.

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Recent activity: 7 months 2 weeks ago
by Kristen Drury
Thu, 01/06/2022 - 14:30

Using guided inquiry learning to identify patterns and trends in the Quantum Mechanical Models of elements.

Recent activity: 8 months 3 weeks ago
by Josh Kenney
Mon, 11/15/2021 - 08:55

The lab activity shared here is a simple experiment where students use stoichiometric principles to experimentally determine the amount of sodium bicarbonate in an Alka-Seltzer tablet. Novice students tend to find stoichiometric calculations difficult, so practicing the calculations on a pre-lab assignment boosts their confidence and ultimately leads to more successful labs. The Asynchronous Video Pre-Lab Assignment shared here demonstrates the procedure and the calculations required in the experiment.

Recent activity: 10 months 1 week ago
by Ben Meacham
Mon, 11/08/2021 - 15:48

Atomic theory is a common topic throughout any introductory chemistry course. It is likely that Rutherford’s gold foil experiment gets at least some attention in your course. This simple activity gives students an opportunity to replicate Rutherford’s experiment through an analogy experiment that may allow for easier conceptualization of the experiment itself and provide additional support for model development.

Recent activity: 9 months 2 weeks ago
by Michael Jansen
Wed, 10/13/2021 - 11:02

Students use a micro-scale method to extract caffeine from tea using dichloromethane. At the end of the activity, the students' dochloromethane extractions are pooled; the solvent is distilled after class for re-use.

Recent activity: 11 months 1 week ago
by Josh Kenney
Sun, 07/25/2021 - 12:43

Many novice students struggle to see elements' valence electron configuration trends across the rows and columns on the periodic table. There are many diagrams and explanations available as resources for students however, a deeper understanding may be possible when students discover these trends independently through a game called Electron Configuration Battleship.

Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago