ERIC Number: ED307130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Chemistry for Kids. Building an Elementary School Chemistry Set from Common Household Items.
Schlenker, Richard M.
Most children become excited about science because they can do something and because they can watch the results. These are some of the answers most elementary school students tell you when they are asked about science class. It has been substantiated by decades of research that experiential experiences are exciting and remembered, visual and kinesthetic-tactile approaches are effective student motivators, and students with reading difficulties can succeed with such activities. This paper describes an activity in which students build a chemistry set that is used in subsequent activities. Materials used for the set are available in the home, school, and community. Listed are: (1) materials needed; (2) procedures for jar labeling, storage cabinet and tray construction, filling chemical storage jars, and equipment and chemical storage; and (3) curriculum extension activities which include report and letter writing, pretending to run a business selling chemistry sets, and several activities that involve using the chemicals in the set. A sample letter asking for parent assistance is included and diagrams and examples are provided. (RT)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Dependents Schools (DOD), Washington, DC. Pacific Region.