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Chemical Reaction With Pennies


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Are you looking for a really fun chemical reaction lab? You will love Chemical Reactions with Pennies! Chemical reactions are fun to study! These three labs using pennies for chemical reactions demonstrate many science concepts. An easy and exciting set of experiments that demonstrate chemical reactions and other science concepts! This resource includes three hands-on lessons aligned with NGSS for 5th grade and Middle School Chemistry. The three lessons use easy-to-find materials such as pennies and vinegar.

The chemical reaction resource includes:

  • nonfiction passages
  • includes flaps and folds for interactive notebooks
  • response pages with text-dependent questions
  • This unit starts with phenomena to engage the students.
  • labs with pennies and lab pages

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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)

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This resource was a wonderful addition to the chemical reactions unit that I do with my gifted and talented students! They loved it!

The following NGSS Standards 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.


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

Utah SEEd 5.2.3 Plan and carry out an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results (cause and effect) in new substances.

Utah SEEd Standard 6.2.1 Develop models to show that molecules are made of different kinds, proportions, and quantities of atoms. Emphasize understanding that there are differences between atoms and molecules and that certain combination of atoms forms specific molecules.

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Cause and Effect
  • Scale, proportion and quantify

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Planning and Carrying Out an Investigation
  • Analyzing and Interpreting data
  • Constructing explanations
  • Communicating information

Science Concepts Include:

  • Oxidation
  • Copper Carbonate
  • Chemical Reaction
  • Patina
  • Tarnishing
  • Atoms
  • Negative and positive chargers
  • Copper ions

Reading Skills Addressed Include:

  • Quoting text and explaining the meaning
  • Vocabulary
  • Summarizing

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This individual resource is also available in the following bundles for a 20% savings

Chemical Reaction Bundle NGSS Aligned

NGSS Middle School Physical Science Bundle

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