Matter – Solids, Liquids, and Gases: Introducing a Free Online
Resource for Middle School Chemistry
This Web Seminar took place on May 24, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
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 first chapter of middleschoolchemistry.com, a web-based resource that helps
teachers engage middle school students with chemistry concepts.
The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from
the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on
the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library,
neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.
This was the first presentation in a series of six web seminars covering each of
the six chapters in middleschoolchemistry.com. During the program, Mr. Kessler introduced
participants to the website and explained the format of the activity-based lessons.
He then delved into the big idea for Chapter 1: Why are different substances solid,
liquid, or gas at room temperature? Participants learned strategies for implementing
the lessons by watching several videos and animations featuring demonstrations of
each concept. Mr. Kessler also discussed the connection between the lessons and
the National Framework for Science Education.
Fifty-eight (58) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of
Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,
Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. In addition, three participants joined the
program from locations outside the United States: Germany, Iran, and Qatar.
Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate
of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates
area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “Lots of hands on ideas for the students. I loved the animations!”
- “I look forward to using these resources with my students. They are hands-on,
engaging and written in the 5E model - perfect!!”
- “There are amazing resources available on this website that will certainly be
helpful in my classroom. My students are going to love these.”
- “Excellent demos, easily attained materials, high quality videos for students
as well as teacher background, content and concepts at middle school level.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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American Chemical Society (ACS) Web Seminars are scheduled
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Underwritten by American Chemical Society