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Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions – Middle School Science Unit

Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions

Do you need a little help covering exothermic and endothermic reactions in your 6th, 7th, or 8th grade science class?

This complete unit will help you cover standard NGSS MS PS1-6, will save you lots of time and energy, and will keep your students engaged!

Students will learn about exothermic and endothermic reactions in dramatic experiments in which they see the temperature quickly rise or drop. They will use this information to design a cold pack. Students will use engineering skills to engage in the design cycle and they will construct a solution.

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Undertake a design project, engaging in the design cycle, to construct and/or implement a solution that meets specific design criteria and constraints test, and modify a device that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical processes.

NGSS MS PS1-6

This resource includes an informative slide show, strategic note-taking guide, two lab activities, a STEM engineering activity, a reading passage, response pages, a quiz, and answer keys for everything!

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The materials for the labs include thermometers, hand warmers, glass jars, vinegar, baking soda, calcium chloride, ammonium chloride, and water. The two chemicals listed can be purchased online from a science supply company and a link to purchase them is included inside.

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Other teachers LOVE this Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions unit!

Check out two of the dozens of perfect reviews:

Wow! What a great unit with interesting labs…my students loved seeing the temperature drop or rise right before their eyes! Great STEM engineering integration. The students use the science and engineering practices and really came up with some great prototypes. Loved this whole unit. Really well designed.

Janice W.

Great comprehensive unit for middle school science. It went well with the standards and there were a variety of activities to seal the learning. Thank you!

Wendy P.

Try this Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions unit in your 6th, 7th, or 8th-grade science class TODAY:

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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
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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
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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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
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