The following activities target a middle school population although activities are approachable by more advanced elementary school students. The activities are also ideal for high school students to review basic concepts.
ATOMS -- Learn the basics of atomic structure and how to create a model of an atom.
WHAT ARE ATOMIC ORBITALS? -- What are atomic orbitals... 3D interactive images of atomic orbitals using Jmol.
ELEMENTS -- What are elements? About the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.
COMPOUNDS AND MOLECULES -- What is a compound? What is a molecules? Examples of compounds. 3-D structure of molecules.
STATES OF MATTER -- An interactive activity about the states of matter: solid, liquid gas, plasma... and now Bose Einstein?
CARBON COMPOUNDS -- Learn about the 3 types of carbon: diamonds, graphite and fullerenes. Learn why carbon is is the building block to molecules of life.
CHEMICAL BOND--IONIC BOND -- AND COVALENT COMPOUNDS -- Learn the basics of chemical bonding. -- ionic and covalent bonding....
HOW DO SOLID LIQUID AND GAS MOLECULES OF WATER BEHAVE DIFFERENTLY? -- Properties of solids, liquids and gases, what are hydrogen bonds
CHEMICAL FORMULA -- What is a chemical formula?
EXPLAIN IT WITH MOLECULES -- Why does ice float?-- How does soap work? -- Why is diamond so hard?-- Why do carcinogens like nicotine cause cancer? -- Why is a salt crystal cubic in shape? -- This is an interactive activity using Jsmol (using HTML5) which allows students to interact with molecules. No plug-in is needed.