Classroom Chemistry - Let's Do Science Bundle

Let’s Do Science is a guide designed to assist generalist elementary teachers in executing engaging science lessons, in which students can learn the science curriculum through the process of inquiry and problem solving. The Classroom Chemistry- Let's Do Science Bundle contains 81 pages which include:
  • Background information for classroom chemistry,
  • 10 lesson/activity plans which include worksheets and an illustrated Indigenous story to aid in lesson delivery
  • Additional information to aid in teaching science in the elementary classroom

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The following activities are included in this guide. The list is not prescriptive and teachers may select activities that are most appropriate for their students.

Activity Overview Resources Included Additional Resources Required
Lesson: Crushing Cranberries This traditional Cree legend provides some moments and connections to the concept of “Classroom Chemistry.” This legend reinforces the oral tradition of Aboriginal people, and that traditional teaching methods were often achieved through a story. After gathering background knowledge, students will test the pH of various substances. Lesson plan

Student worksheet

Illustrated story
pH paper
Laminated pH color chart
Safety goggles (6 pairs)
pH testing plate or four small cups
Cranberry juice
Baking soda
Garbage can
Lesson: Paddle Your Canoe Students will attempt to send a tin foil canoe across a pan of water. Lesson plan

Student worksheets x2
Container for water
Tin foil
Liquid soap
Clean water
Garbage can
Lesson: Water, Water Everywhere Students will be testing various materials to make a waterproof container Lesson plan

Student worksheet
Picture of birch tree
Pouring cup
Tin foil roaster pan
Scotch tape with tape dispenser
Popsicle sticks
Paper towel (for hands)
Garbage can
Lesson: Evidence of Chemical Reactions This lesson provides students with a foundation in the basics of chemical reactions and how to identify them. Students will learn that a color change, a temperature change, the evolution of gas, and the formation of a precipitate are all evidence of chemical reactions. Lesson plan

Lab sheet handout

Lab instruction

Class Exercise

Optional challenge activity
Plastic pipettes (optional)
Small clear plastic cups
Large clear plastic cups
Baking soda
Calcium carbonate
Washing soda (Sodium carbonate)
Epsom Salts
Citric acid
Calcium chloride
Lesson: Reversible or Not? In this lesson students will observe a physical and a chemical change, and will then be tasked with brainstorming ways those reactions could be reversed. Lesson plan

Student worksheet
Ice cubes (enough for each group plus
Baking soda
White board or chart paper with an appropriate marker
Access to a freezer
Lesson: Lava Lamp Create your own lava lamp using household ingredients! This hands-on activity introduces a chemical reaction to demonstrate how density of fluids affects their behavior. Lesson plan

Student activity sheet
Empty plastic bottles (~600mL)
Measuring cups
Food coloring
Vegetable oil
Alka-seltzer antacid tablet
Lesson: Crystal Snowflakes This science experiment will let students create a snowflake made out of crystals. Lesson plan

Student worksheet
Table salt (or sugar)
Pipe Cleaners
Glass Jars
Boiling Water
Food Coloring
Measuring Cups
Plastic wrap
Lesson: Winter Sand Recycling Learn how sand and salt used on roads during the winter can be recycled
by separating the components of mixtures! This simulation activity separates a particle mixture into its components
Lesson plan

Student worksheet
Weigh scales
2 bowls
Sieve, strainer or colanders
Mixing spoons
Lesson: Acids & Bases Students predict and observe the properties of acidic, basic and neutral solutions. Lesson plan

Student worksheet
Red cabbage
Large pot
At least six different liquids with different pH.
Paper cups
A waste bucket
Lesson: Poinsettia Chemistry This hands-on activity explores the chemistry of pH using the poinsettia plant. Lesson plan

Student worksheet
Computer with internet connectivity
White board and markers
Rubber or nitrile gloves
Red leaves of a poinsettia plant
500mL glass jars
Small glass containers
Paper towel
Baking soda
Lemon juice
Hairspray or heat protector spray
Sprite, Ginger ale or 7-Up
Liquid soap
Coffee filters