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Jennifer Malloy Jennifer Malloy 235 Points

Is chemistry a topic we can really apply in lower level elementary school? I feel like I have always imagined chemistry in high school, but I haven't seen enough science in the classroom to really know?

Virginia McGregor Virginia McGregor 490 Points

As a retired teacher, I look back as I am exploring chemistry for background of book I'm writing and realize that chemistry should begin in pre-k and be touched on everyday by every teacher in some way in each subject. Chemistry is the basic foundation for understanding how it all works.

Elizabeth Cooke Elizabeth Cooke 7245 Points

Hello Jennifer, It is never to early to introduce chemistry. A great way to introduce polymers chains to fourth and fifth grade students is to have them create bouncy balls. 2nd and 3rd grade students can identify acids and bases using candy and cabbage juice as indicator. The American Chemistry Association is a good source for ideas. I always have the students chemistry related lessons during National Chemistry Week. http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw/about.html - Elizabeth

Michelle Alban Michelle Alban 3095 Points

Chemistry can be taught at a younger age, and something as simple as the chemistry of water.  I remember doing the activity with putting drops of water on a penny and trying to figure out why the water created a dome-like affect rather than going over the edge of the penny.  Then, we were able to learn about adhesion and cohesion of water.  This was something that the teacher made simple, but we still used the key terms.  I remember doing this activity, and was able to remember those words when I went into middle school.

Another activity with water would be using the new idea of nanotechnology, which is hydrophobic.  Here is a short video about how to make things water repellent, and this could be very interesting to students.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ayRImPvcQU)  You could talk about how if this is applied to clothes how they could be water proof, and what other items we could apply this waterproof coating to.  

I hope this helps,

Michelle 

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