Monday, September 7, 2015


My 8th grade classes are finishing up our chemistry unit in the next couple of weeks and I will be sorry to see it go.  I think of all the units I teach for 7th and 8th grades, it is my favorite.  There are so many interactive activities and so many labs for them as they discover the basics of how matter works, why some atoms bond with others and what is actually happening during a chemical reaction. This past week, students completed their Reaction in a Bag Lab.  Students can see all of the indicators of a chemical reaction within a short amount of time and it is one of the most memorable activities of the year!

I use the GEMS series a LOT when I teach since it falls in line with my teaching style and it encourages inquiry without me having to come up with it all on my own.  This particular lab is in "Chemical Reactions" and is appropriate for 6-8 and it is only $10.

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To go with this lab I created these cute mini books that you can pick up for free by clicking on it's picture.  I've decided to use these this year as a way to help students organize their notes and make a topic easy to find in one specific area.  If you think these are something you can use too, I am working on a growing bundle that will include mini books for all the areas I cover in chemistry.  Right now the growing bundle of at least 10 mini books are on sale for $5 in my store.  Once I begin adding others, the price will go up.  I'll include 2 versions of each topic, one for students that need desk notes or that are absent and the other is a blank version.  I actually use the first version as I scaffold what my expectations are.

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It can also be found in the freebie section.