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Chemistry Experiments with Household Materials

Did you know you can do some cool chemistry experiments with just some household materials?  Science activities do not have to cost a lot of money!  kids can have lots of fun with hands-on science using easy to find materials. 
Here are a few of my favorites:


Turning Pennies a Greenish-Blue

This lesson only takes a few pennies, vinegar, water and paper towels.  

Simply place the pennies in vinegar and observe the changes over the next couple of days. 
These lessons along with interactive notebook flaps and nonfiction articles are available in my store. Chemistry with Pennies
Lesson 1: Turning a Penny Greenish-Blue (oxidation)

Lesson 2: Cleaning a Tarnished Penny (chemical reaction)
Lesson 3: Turning a Nail Copper Colored (includes information on atoms and negative and positive charged particles)


Chemical Reaction With Kool-Aid

Kool-Aid with Baking Soda is another inexpensive lesson to do.  Use plastic cups and a paper plate underneath to make clean up easier. The students love the dramatic results of this lesson. And all you need is a Kool-Aid Packet, a tsp. of baking soda and water.
The lesson and follow up pages are available in my store. Chemical Reaction With KoolAid

Elephant’s Toothpaste
Elephant’s Toothpaste may require one extra trip to the beauty supply store, but the results are dramatic and you get a great example of an exothermic reaction that the kids can feel.  The materials needed are dish soap, a packet of dry yeast, water, and hydrogen peroxide 20 volume.  

Available in my store with all the flaps and folds and nonfiction articles to explain the science behind the fun and step by step directions with safety information.   Elephant’s Toothpaste


These resources are available individually or you can purchase them in a bundle and save 20%.
The following NGSS are addressed:
5-PS1-1. Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. 

5-PS1-4.Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances. 

MS-PS1-2.
Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. 


MS-PS1-6. Undertake a design project to construct, test, and modify a device that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical processes.

Crosscutting Concepts: 
Cause and Effect
Scale, proportion and quantify

Science and Engineering Practices:
Planning and Carrying Out and Investigation
Analyzing and Interpreting data
Constructing explanations
Communicating information

Reading Skills Addressed Include:
Quoting text and explaining meaning
Vocabulary
Summarizing
Reading back in the text
Answering Text Dependent Questions
Author’s Purpose

Thank you for visiting.  I hope you will tryout some of these great experiments.  It does not have to cost a lot of money to do some really cool hands-on science.  

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The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!

 
Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2

Richard S

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:07:52-06:00

Richard S

The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.

 
Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4

Sharon M

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

Sharon M

As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning

Expedition Fourth

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:44:55-07:00

Expedition Fourth

Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer

Heidi J

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:45:49-07:00

Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit

Tina S

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
5
2016-05-03T18:05:39-06:00

Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
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