Resource Image Archive: The Water Molecule and Dissolving - Introducing a Free Online Resource for Middle School Chemistry, March 18, 2013
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Type of Resource: Web Seminar Archive
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Grade Level: Middle School


This web seminar took place on March 18, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenter was James Kessler, Manager of K–8 Science Education at the American Chemical Society. In this seminar Mr. Kessler shared lessons and activities from the fifth chapter of, a web-based resource that helps teachers engage middle school students with chemistry concepts.

For more information about this web seminar, its presenter(s), read what participants said about it, and to see and download its PowerPoint slides go here.

Ideas For Use


New teacher without text do you create lessons without a book?
Posted in Chemistry by Carolyn Mohr on Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:01 PM

Hi Treena, I am excited to try some of the great resources and ideas already mentioned by others in this discussion thr...

Additional Info

Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Scientists and inventors
Chemical properties
Covalent bonds
Analyzing data
Asking questions
Collecting data
Interpreting data
Scientific habits of mind
Using mathematics
Using scientific equipment
Using technology
Intended User Role:Informal Educator, Middle-Level Educator, New Teacher, Professional Development Provider, Teacher
Educational Issues:Curriculum, Inquiry learning, Integrating technology, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 12 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 12 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Physical Science
    • Structure and properties of matter
      • Bonds between atoms are created when electrons are paired up by being transferred or shared. (9-12)
      • Atoms may be bonded together into molecules or crystalline solids. (9-12)
      • A compound is formed when two or more kinds of atoms bind together chemically. (9-12)
      • The physical properties of compounds reflect the nature of the interactions among its molecules. (9-12)
      • The interactions among molecules are determined by the structure of the molecule, including the constituent atoms and the distances and angles between them. (9-12)
  • Science as Inquiry
    • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence.
      • Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations.
      • Recognize and analyze alternative explanations and predictions.
      • Communicate scientific procedures and explanations.
      • Use mathematics in all aspects of scientific inquiry.
  • Teaching Standards
    • Teachers of science plan an inquiry-based science program for their students.
      • Select science content and adapt and design curricula to meet the interests, knowledge, understanding, abilities, and experiences of students.
    • Teachers of science guide and facilitate learning. In doing this, teachers
      • Encourage and model the skills of scientific inquiry, as well as the curiosity, openness to new ideas and data, and skepticism that characterize science.

User Reviews

A great set of labs
  Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS) on October 28, 2013
  This is a great set of resources that explore polarity and the model that explains how substances dissolve. Simple labs are provided that use chemicals that are easy to obtain.