Editor’s Roundtable: Chemistry beyond the chemicalsby: Inez Liftig

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Middle level teachers need to show students that chemistry is not just about blowing things up or memorizing the periodic table of elements. We should help them see that chemistry involves living organisms as well as nonliving objects and is much more than a school subject or the industrial production of materials. We must lead students to realize that since all matter is made of elements, the components of the human body, the foods we eat, the things we touch, smell and see around us could all be classified as “chemicals” as easily as anything listed on a product label or created in a laboratory.

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  • on Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:16 PM

This article offers a straight forward reminder that chemistry does not just occur in our science classrooms, and it not just about blowing things up or memorizing elements. Chemistry is the very basis of our lives. While the article does not contain any lesson plan ideas, it does serve to remind us that chemistry is everywhere – and that is how we need to teach our students to see it.

Susanne Hokkanen  (Orland Park, IL)
Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL)

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