Chemical Change – Introducing a Free Online Resource for
Middle School Chemistry
This web seminar took place on May 20, 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 sixth chapter of middleschoolchemistry.com,
a web-based resource that helps teachers engage middle school students with chemistry
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 sixth presentation in a series of six web seminars covering each of
the six chapters in middleschoolchemistry.com. Mr. Kessler began the presentation
with a tour of the website then provided a detailed look at the lessons featured
in Chapter 6. He shared activity ideas and multimedia clips that can help students
learn about chemical reactions and discover what’s happening on a molecular level
to change reactants into products. Participants discussed the application of the
lessons to their own classrooms and shared ideas for modifications and extensions.
Patti Galvan from the American Chemical Society helped out by answering participant
questions on the chat.
Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. 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 the program.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “I really enjoyed the video clips and the explanation of each chemical reaction.
It was very clear exactly what was happening and inferences the students should
be making from each.”
- “This one was one of the best I've attended. So many hands on activities, so much
teacher support, how to get and use the supplies, the animations are fantastic...
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
See when other
American Chemical Society (ACS) Web Seminars are scheduled.
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