SMILE PROGRAM CHEMISTRY INDEX


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International year of ChemistryThe following is a collection of almost 200 single concept lessons. These lessons may be freely copied and used in a classroom but they remain the copyright property of the author.

The Chemistry lessons are divided into the following categories: Basic Tools And Principles, Atomic and Molecular Structure (Including Moles), States of Matter, Types and Control of Chemical Reactions and Chemistry of Elements, Compounds and Materials.

Basic Tools And Principles



  • What Objects Sink and What Objects Float by Michael Young - Jane A. Neil School
  • Surface Tension (Soap Boat) by John J. Scavo - Richards Career Academy
  • Changing the Freezing Point of Water with Salt by Shirley Hatcher - Daniel Hale Williams School
  • The Relationship Between Salinity and the Density of Water by Therese Donatello - St. Edward School
  • Metrics by Angela Smith - Julia Ward Howe Elementary
  • Scientific Method - The Big Ahah by Lorna J. Holliday - Horace Mann School
  • Passing The Heat Along by Anthony Love - Robert Fulton
  • Reading The Periodic Table by Evelyn Williams - John Hope Community Academy
  • Is More Expensive More Absorbent? by Robert D. Wilson - Hermann Raster Elementary School
  • Dispersement of Particles: Diffusion and Osmosis by Marge Rockwood - Horace Greeley
  • Densities by Ellice M. Norman - Teachers Academy for Math and Science
  • The Magnificent Breathing Machine by Evangelyn R. Lilly - Ray School
  • The Conservation Of Mass (The Mass Of Gas) by Jake Carter - Douglass Math and Science Academy
  • Discovering C.A.S.T. (Cohesion, Adhesion and Surface Tension) by Elise S. Greene - Teachers Acad. For Math and Science
  • Bubbles: Science or Fun? by Paula Z. Jones - Charles Brownell
  • Electricity: Static And Current by Catherine Coughlin - Douglass Math and Science Academy
  • Measurement by Therese Donatello - Archbishop Weber High School
  • The Scientific Method Using Mystery Powders by Gail Gavin - Chicago H. S. For Agri. Sciences
  • Physical And Chemical Changes by Carolus Love - Hoyne School
  • Density by Barbara Pawela - May Academy
  • Density And Volume by Linda Cooper - Nathan Davis School
  • Can You Measure Up! by Valerie Hardy - Horace Mann School
  • Density of Liquids by Patricia Doyle - Peck School
  • Density as a Unique Physical Property by Teresa Granito - Von Steuben M.S.C.
  • Everyone has Problems, but Chemists have Solutions by Kathy Kreidler - Thornridge High School
  • Just How Thick Is Aluminum Foil Anyway??? by Patricia A. Riley - Lincoln Park High School
  • Physical And Chemical Changes by Ann Sims - Dyett Middle School
  • Mass/Weight/Data/Graphing - "WHAT IS THE MASS OF A DINOSAUR?" by Alan Tobecksen - Fenger HS
  • Indirect Observation by Belvon Walker - Frazier School
  • Density Determination by Marcea Anderson - Thornton Township High School
  • Using Density to Identify Metals by Elaine Hunter - Zenos Colman School
  • Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures by Marcea Anderson - Thornton Township High School
  • Eye Safety by Robert Cholewick - Whitney Young A/C
  • Estimation and Significant Figures by Dick Trent - Elk Grove High School
  • Computer Software and ACS Materials For Chemistry by Brandon, Larry L. - Thornwood High School
  • Metrics in the Home and in the Store by Granderson, Mary - Senn Metro Academy
  • Grab Bag Experiment by Lee, Lucile - Warren Palm School
  • Popcorn by Robinson, Veronices - Beasley Academic Center
  • Can Cruncher by Schaumburg, Carl - Von Stueben MSC
  • Discovering Gravity: What Goes Up Must Come Down by Marsha Craig, Debra Lester, Connie Henderson, Mary Granderson
  • The World of Molecules by Therese Donatello, Harendra Gupta, Mattie Mayfield, Veronices Robinson
  • Density - Qualitative and Quantitative by Bahner, Stan - Whitney Young High School
  • Density Phenomena - Using the concept of density by Bahner, Stan - Whitney Young High School
  • Sewer Lice by Jones, Mamie - Rosa Parks Middle School
  • Burning vs Heating: by Schaumburg, Carl - Von Steuben High School
  • The Amazing Apple by Smith, Bonnie - Nansen Elementary School
  • Physical and Chemical Changes In Matter by Wilcox, Azzie - Edward Hartigan
  • Balancing Equations by Lorraine Pettigrew - George Washington High School
  • Conservation of Energy by Ruby Bowen - Hyde Park Career Academy
  • Periodicity (The Periodic Table) by Alvin Wilson - Wendell Phillips High School
  • Thermodynamics by Marilyn L. Mayfield - Lindbloom Tech. H.S.
  • Relative Masses by John Schwartz - Senn Metropolitan Academy
  • Acid/Base Indicators by Ilene J. Wagner - O. A. Thorp


    Atomic and Molecular Structure (Including Moles)



  • Strong Ice by Barbara Pawela who is Retired!
  • The structure of the periodic table by Therese Donatello - Weber High School
  • Moles, Moles, Moles by Patricia A. Riley - Lincoln Park High School
  • Color, Light and Excited Electrons by Lorna Paisley - Lincoln-Way High School
  • Crystals by Therese Donatello - Archbishop Weber H. S.
  • Radiation Energy by Doris Watkins - John Hope School
  • How Strong Is The Solution? by Ernestine C. Davis - Horace Mann Elementary School
  • Aspects of Weather by Janine Garrett - Crown Academy
  • Density - An Introduction by Therese R. Tobecksen - St. Andrew the Apostle
  • Surface Tension of Water by Barbara Pawela - Retired
  • Concentration vs Solubility by Therese Donatello - Archbishop Weber H. S.
  • The Science of Color and Light by Janine Garrett - Crown Academy
  • Density: Floating, Sinking, and Suspending by Ayodeji Griffin - Robert Fulton Elementary School
  • What's The Attraction by Elizabeth A. Abioro - Delano Elementary
  • The Marvels of the Molecule by Douglas Xavier Key - Douglass Math and Science Academy
  • Polymer by Sherrie L. Birts - Teachers Acad. of Math and Science
  • Atomic Structure and Ionic Bonding (A Visual Approach) by David Harazin - Jamieson Elementary School
  • What's The Matter? by Shikilia Tukes - Ninos Heroes
  • Mystery: Structure of the Atom - A Case for Indirect Evidence by Miriam Meade - Saint Joseph School
  • Composition of the Atom by Carol Zimmerman - Lane Tech High School
  • Mole Relations by Samuel E. Hall, Jr. - Chgo H. S. for Ag. Sciences
  • Growing Crystals from Solutions by Delores E. Jackson - Richard Byrd School
  • Structure of the Atom by Donatello, Therese - Weber High School
  • Models of Hydrocarbons by Sklowdowski, William - Gage Park High
  • Stereoisomers by Kreidler, Kathy - Thornridge High School
  • Chemistry is Crystal Clear by Root, Linda - Everett Elementary
  • Ion (Derstand) Bonding through Energy Level Diagrams by Turbov, Jane - St. Viator High School
  • Periodic Table by Walton, Malcolm - Chicago Vocational High School
  • Why Are Electrons Important? by Brandon, Larry L. - Thornwood High School
  • Atomic Structure by Bristow, Sadie - Volta School
  • Classification of the Chemical Elements by Purham, James - Chicago Vocational High School
  • The Mole by Stringer, S. C. - Morgan Park High School
  • Molecular Architecture by Larry L. Brandon - Thornwood High School


    States of Matter



  • Solid, Liquid or Gas? by Dena R. Hall - Milton Brunson School
  • It's the States of Matter by Carl E. Martikean - Lew Wallace High School
  • It's a Gas! by Barbara Pawela - Retired
  • We All Scream For Ice Cream by Virginia T. O'Brien - Higgins Community Academy
  • The Water Cycle by Delores Jean Brooks - Percy Lavon Julian High School
  • Learning About Matter And Energy by Marjorie Fields - Ella Flag Young
  • Characteristics of Matter by Mattie Drane - Crown Academy
  • Weather by Charlene Clark - Fulton Elementary School
  • As a "Matter" of Fact by Alfreda Freeman - Perkins Bass Elementary School
  • What A Gas! by Trudy S. Moore - Scott Joplin Elementary School
  • Introduction to Gases by Barbara Pawela - Retired
  • Matter and Molecular Motion by Susan Schwartz - DeWitt Clinton Elementary School
  • The Vibrational Nature of Sound by Lorna J. Holliday and Eugenia L. Sampson - Horace Mann School
  • Osmosis by Sandra E. Broomes - W. T. Sherman Elementary School
  • States of Matter: Solids, Liquids and Gases by Eugenia L. Sampson - Horace Mann School
  • Weather by Brenda Lewis - George M. Pullman Elementary School
  • States of Matter by Herbert C. Favors - Wendell Smith School
  • Density In A Wave Machine by Deloris Braham - Horace Mann
  • Sublimation by Amelia D. Witherspoon - Mays Academy
  • States of Matter For Grades Kg-8 by Ruthie Banks - Carter Elementary School
  • Diffusion Through Balloons by Angela Patrick - Crown Community Academy
  • Frozen Solids by Evangelyn Lilly - William H. Ray
  • Crystals by Alyce Sutton Miller - Julia W. Howe Middle School
  • Crystal Painting by Patricia Ann Riley - Lincoln Park High School
  • States of Matter by Barbara Pawela - Retired
  • Air and Air Pressure by Mildred L.Butler - Douglass Math and Science Academy
  • Air Exerting Pressure by Mable McMiller - Reavis Elementary School
  • Surface Tension Of Water by Anita J. Smith - Joseph Warren School
  • Selling The Molecular Kinetic Theory by Edward S. Guzdziol - Worth Junior High
  • The Three States of Matter by Mary Allen - Joseph Warren
  • States of Matter by Barbara Pawela - May School
  • Recycling by Alice Stacker - Morton Career Academy
  • The Chemistry of Bigger Bubbles by Yvonne Tuck - Ericson Academy
  • Life Means Water Environment by Algimuntas Vailokaitis - Chicago Board Of Education
  • Pressure and Volume of Gases by Sister Stephanie Blaszczynski - Resurrection High School
  • Change Of State by Bernard Hudson - Morton Career Academy
  • Soap Bubble Chemistry by Theresa Colby, Al Oldenburg, Al Tobecksen
  • Relationships: Pressure, Volume, and Temperature by Samuel E. Hall, Jr. - Chicago H. S. for Ag Sciences
  • What Is a Gas? by DeYoung, Robert - Joliet Twp. H. S. - West
  • Physical Changes of Water by Zuger, Nancy - Hanson Park School
  • Gas Laws by concepcion Millet-Rivera, William Sklodowski, Nancy Zuger
  • Let's Get Fizzical by Stan Bahner, Larry O'Connell, Linda Root
  • Chemistry Is A Gas by Blake, Thelma B. - Louis Worth Experimental School
  • Using A Spreadsheet To Solve Gas Law Problems by Branch, Arthur - Tilden H.S.
  • Popcorn Is A Gas by Katz, Linda - Orr Academy
  • Molecular Forces At Work: Creating Soap Bubbles by Laz, Jerome - Everett School
  • Solubility of Gases In Liquids by Sticha, Frank J. - Saint Ignatius College Prep


    Types and Control of Chemical Reactions



  • Chemical Reaction Rates by Ken Schug - Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Equilibrium: What is it? by Patricia Ann Riley - Lincoln Park High School
  • World Of Plastics And Polymers by Marva Anyanwu - Wendell E. Green
  • Water from a Match: The Principles of Combustion by Ben Stark - Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Reaction Rates - Catalysis, Concentration, Surface Area, and Temperature by Kenneth Schug - Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Acids/Bases by Chandra E. Price - Burnham/Anthony Inclusive
  • Secret Message by Stephen W. Ha - James Ward School
  • Introductory Lesson on How pH Levels Are Determined by Jeri Chavis - Langston Hughes Elementary
  • Bubble Festival by Lyvonia G. Hearns - Asa Philip Randolph
  • Acid Rain Environment Pollution by Helen Porter - Morrill School
  • POLYMERS - GREAAAAAAT BIIIIIIG MOLECUUUUUULES by Kenneth Schug - Illinois Institute of Technology
  • The Chemistry of Fire and Other Oxidation Reactions by Barbara Pawela - Retired
  • Chemistry is pHun by Michelle Jones - Morgan Park High School
  • The Color Of Your Own: Mixing Paint by Toni Spooner - Horace Mann School
  • Chemical Changes by Geraldine Smith - Delano School
  • Chemical Changes by Stella L. Harvey - Horace Mann School
  • Chemical Reactions With Vinegar by Lucille Denmark - Rudyard Kipling School
  • Chemical Change and Physical Change by Vince Davis Sr. - William Penn School
  • How to Make Invisible Ink by Linda Casey - Whistler Elementary School
  • Electrolytic Titration by Patricia A. Riley - Lincoln Park High School
  • The Difference Between Acids and Bases Using Different Indicators by Lejon Ross - Betsy Ross Elementary School
  • Evaporation and Temperature Change by Dorian J. Price - Horatio May Academy
  • Acids, Bases, and Indicators by Edwin A. Metzl - Lincoln Park High School
  • Rate of Solubility by Sharon Barfield - Perkins Bass
  • Indicators For Acids And Bases by Marian Johnson - Morton Career Academy
  • Electrochemistry by Bruce Kitsuse - Peirce School
  • pH Neutralization For Pollution Control by Mahesh Parikh - Daniel Boone
  • Measuring the Heat Energy of a Chemical Change by Patricia Riley - Lincoln Park High School
  • Can Acids And Bases Remedy The Body? by Bev Tatum - Beethoven Elementary
  • Solubility by Loretta Davis - St. Agnes Consolidated School
  • Calories by Sandra M. Green - Frazier School
  • Chemical Changes by Bonnie J. Hickerson - Horace Mann
  • Voil! C'est La Magie De La Chimie by Pamela Jackson - Horace Mann School
  • The History of Creation by Therese Colby - Montessori Elementary School
  • Calorimetry by Albert Oldenburg - Lindblom Tech. H.S.
  • The Need for Normality by Carl Schaumburg - Von Steuben M.S.C.
  • An Introduction to Acids and Bases by Therese Tobecksen - Saint Andrew the Apostle
  • Chemical Equilibrium by Nancy Zipprich - D.D. Eisenhower H.S.
  • Chromatography by Sr. Stephanie Blaszczynski, Barbara Daiker, Nancy Zipprich
  • Separation Of Mixtures And Compounds For K Through 12 by Patricia A. Riley, Viva Henson, Patricia Doyle
  • Combining Elements to Form a Compound by Judith Brakes - Byrd Academy
  • The Six Solution Problem by Larry Brandon - Thornwood High School
  • Cooperative Learning Experience Through the Flipping Lid Demo by Robert Cholewick - Whitney Young A/C
  • Bleach Chemical Reactions by Verdell Marie Henderson - John Calhoun Elementary
  • Acids And Bases by Joseph Humphrey - Seward School
  • Getting Down to Basics (and Acidics) by Deborah Lewis - Hinton School
  • Oxidation and Reduction by Edwina Nelson - William W. Carter
  • Rate Determining Step and Catalysts by Dick Trent - Elk Grove High School
  • Acid(s)-Base(s) Detective by Gupta, Harendra Kumar - Hyde Park Career Academy H.S.
  • Oxidation: How Can It Be Proved? by Henderson, Connie - Eli Whitney Elem. School
  • Activation Energy by Kreidler, Kathy - Thornridge High School
  • Mystical Membrane by Lester, Debra
  • Coke Soda, Hot VS. Cold by Mayfield, Mattie - Thomas Chalmers School
  • Cleaning Of A Metal by Millet-Rivera, Concepcion - Schurz High School
  • Energy and Changes of State by Robert DeYoung, Lucile Lee, Alisa Ferrell
  • Osmosis by Urbanek, Robert A. - Corliss High School
  • Household Acids and Bases by Veasley, Joyce - Nansen Elementary
  • Over-the-Counter Antacids by Kreidler, Kathy - Thornridge High School
  • Properties of Matter by Raymond Zmaczynski - Senn Metropolitan Academy
  • Redox Reactions by Jean Mason - Maria High School
  • Empirical Formulas by Arzie R. Thomas - G. W. Carver Area High School
  • Exothermic And Endothermic Reactions by Herbert Tarnor - Du Sable High School


    Chemistry of Elements, Compounds and Materials



  • Reuse, Reduce, Recycle Paper by Lynnette Millner - Robert H. Lawrence School
  • Biodegradable by Darryl Matthew Bonaparte - Stockton Elementary
  • Recycling by Donna L. Mead - Bass Elementary School
  • What The Peanuts Say: Catabolism and Calories by Clovis O. Price Jr. - Lucy Flower High School
  • Solubility and Bonding I and II by Patricia A. Riley - Lincoln Park High School
  • Oobleck/Slime War by Karen Malhiot - Jenner Academy of the Arts
  • Combustion in a Test Tube by Zoris A. Soderberg - Daniel Webster
  • Gases, Pressure, and Volume by Patricia A. Riley - Lincoln Park High School
  • Making Mayonnaise-An Edible Emulsion by Angela D. Patrick - Crown Community Fine Arts Academy
  • Milk Glue by Michelle Jones - Morgan Park High School
  • Air Pressure by Ruthie L. Banks - Carter School
  • Paper Chromatography by Alonzo L. Stallings - Teachers Acad. For Math and Science
  • Chromatography - Chemical Separation of Colors by Vickie Townsend - Crown Fine Arts Academy
  • Amazing Salt by Ruby Bell - Park Manor
  • Polymers: The Discovery by M. Elaine Granger - Beethoven Elementary
  • Pollution - What is it doing to us? by Dalila M. Johnson - Charles Sumner Academy
  • Classic Trash by Carol Colby - Oak Lawn Community High School
  • Esters: The Secret of Natural and Synthetic Fragrances by Marianne Dlugo - St. Cletus School
  • Mining an Ore by Teresa Granito - Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center
  • Playful Polymers by Nancy Mosher - Infant Jesus of Prague School
  • What is Soap? by Barbara Daiker - Brookwood Junior High
  • Flame Test by Theresa Fichera - Frazier Elementary School
  • Chemistry in Foods by Viva Henson - Andrew Jackson
  • Starches and Fats by Alean Stancil - St. Gelasius Elementary School
  • The Tests of Fluids for Excess Glucose, Amino Acids and salicyclic acid by Russell C. Osantowski - Carter
  • Fermentation Of Apple Cider by Marie Samuel - Colman School
  • They Call Me Slime - A.K.A. PLASTIC by Verdell Marie Henderson - John Calhoun Elementary
  • Chemistry In The Kitchen by Craig, Marsha A. - Everett Elementary
  • Properties of Soaps by Ferrell, Alisa - Whitney Young H.S.
  • Eggshells by Gaines, Patricia A. - O. W. Holmes School
  • Pesticides by Gutter, Nadine - Robeson High School
  • Preparation of Artificial Flavorings and Fragrances by Kammin, Sandra - Resurrection Lutheran School
  • Chemical Composition of American Coins by O'Connell, Lawrence P. - Lincoln Park High School
  • Cereals by Gaines, Patricia A. - O. W. Holmes School
  • The Determination of the Presence of Reducing Sugars by Brekke, Stewart E. - Robeson High School
  • Polymers by O'Toole, Jim - Corliss H.S.
  • Acidity Of Foods by Larry Alofs - Kenwood Academy
  • Why Cheerios Don't Sink by Christine S. Smith - Englewood High School
  • Electrochemical Cells by James Miller

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