Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Reactions in Chemistry
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Sub Image2:Macro to Micro Structures
1) Atoms and Molecules2) Macro to Micro Structures 3) Energetics and Dynamics 4) Theory and Practice in Chemical Systems 5) Chemical Design 6) The Chemistry of Life 7) Chemistry and the Environment 8) Chemistry at the Interface

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General Resources

Listed below are resources that enhance the ideas found in the workshops. Many of them are web resources and are, therefore, available to you immediately. Most are aimed at chemistry teachers but there are resources for the professional chemist and for students as well.

Professional Chemistry Web Sites

ChemWeb: A concise site about research in chemistry, including abstracts of many scientific journals, databases (safety data, electronic searches), scientific forums, where to buy, etc. Registration required.

ACSchem Education: The American Chemical Society’s site on education. Includes curriculum materials, professional development and related links and resources.

ChemInfo: A site from Indiana University. Click on links to "resources" and "databases" at top of page.

From the WWW Virtual Library, a site with extensive chemistry links. Scroll down left navigation bar

ChemIndustry provides hundreds of links on this page to chemical manufacturers, suppliers, organizations and other resources.

Web Sites for Chemistry Teachers

General Sites

ChemSource: Index for more than 25 complete units of study in chemistry from ChemSource: A concise source for activities, lesson plans and pedagogy on the Web and in print (Mary Virginia Orna, O.S.U; James O. Schreck and Henry Heikkinen; eds.

National Science Teachers Association site with latest information and resources for science teachers.

Teaching Standards: On-line edition of the National Science Education Standards from the National Academy Press

ChemTeam provides links to tutorials on many topics in chemistry. Click on topics on this page..

Chemistry Coach: A site from Wilton High School, with information for teachers, from pedagogy to safety topics, activities, methods and lesson outlines.

Chemistry Coach links to other chemistry resources on the web.

ACSchem Education: The American Chemical Society’s site on education. Includes curriculum materials, professional development and related links and resources.

Chemistry: A source for chemistry teachers, including links, activities, problem sets, software, etc.

ChemJava: Interactive sites for learning chemistry. Most require Java 1.1 or higher.

ChemMovies - Site contains links to hundreds of experiments and activities as well as Quicktime movies.

The Sourcebook for Teaching Science with links to chemistry teaching resources,

Chemistry Teaching Resources from Umea University. Resources links


Safety Guidelines from the Council of State Science Supervisors.

Safety: Materials Safety Data Sheets from Cornell University

Experiments and Activities

Lab Lesson Plans from DOW/NSTA Summer Workshops. Click on each year to see list of topics.

Teach-nology — Teacher-submitted lab activities for many topics.

edHelper — This site has collected science lessons from hundreds of sources and linked them on this site. Not all are chemistry topics.

Chemistry Coach — links to dozens of lessons and activities in chemistry.

Models for Science Education

Learning Theories: A site with useful links for education and teaching. Not all are related directly to chemistry. Scroll down the page and click on any of the links. Several sources on constructivism.

Teaching Models: Links to definitions of teaching models, from the University of Colorado's School of Education

National Science Education Standards: the teaching standards comprise a national model for teaching science.

Instructional Design Models from Saskatchewan Education

Constructivism and the 5 E’s — resource on the learning cycle in the science classroom from the Miami Museum of Science

Chemistry Bibliography

Journal of Chemical Education suppliers of books, textbooks, journals and other resources

The Bookstore: A list of the 50 most popular chemistry reference books

Modeling and Software

Chemical Software: computerized resource for teachers which includes downloads, softwares, internet projects

ChemSW: A software catalog for laboratory applications, MSDS (safety data sheets), chemical data and chemical inventory management.ChemSW

ChemModeling: This site contains a large number of chemistry visualization resources for teachers.

ChemVis: A method for better visualization of chemical concepts. Click on "Curriculum" for high school topics.

Resources for Chemistry Educators with emphasis on multimedia.

The Nature and Structure of Scientific Models — a paper from the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Education Research.


ChemFinder: A database for researching anything about chemistry, including news, information about chemicals, where to buy, everyday applications, etc.

ERIC database: A database for searching the net for references about various topics in education , including chemical education

Chemical Databases from Chemical Software for Windows

Electronic Journals

Electronic Journal of Science Education. Online journal. Searchable with index. Membership not required

Journal of Chemical Education (membership required for full text)

Web Sites for Chemistry Students

General Sites

High School Hub — a variety of resources for chemistry students. Click on "Chemistry".

Chemistry Coach — High school chemistry resources on the web.

Audrey Sanderson’s chemistry site.

Resources for Chemistry Educators Click on "Gen Chem Student Page" or on "Student-Oriented Sites" for links to chemistry pages for students.

Ten Cool Sites from the Exploratorium

Periodic Tables

WebElements: Authored by Mark Winter, University of Sheffield, England, this site contains concise information about the elements of the periodic table.

Chemlab: A Phoenix College site which includes software for calculating periodic trends, information about the elements, and many links to other periodic table resources on the Web.

Periodic Links: Many periodic table links from Wilton HS

Chemical Elements: Information about the elements, including electronic configuration and more.

Periodic Properties: From Los-Alamos National Laboratory, resource for students, including properties, isotopes, and history

VisElements: A site from the Chemical Society, with an emphasis on the visual aspects of the elements

Create your own periodic table: Activity from NASA

Print Resources

  • Journal of Chemical Education
  • Chemical and Engineering News
  • International Handbook of Science Education, parts 1&2 (Barry J. Fraser and Kenneth G. Tobin, eds.) Kluwer Academic Press, Boston, 1998.
  • Chemsource, Version 2.1 (Orna, Mary Virginia, O.S.U.; Schreck, James O. & Heikkinen, Henry, eds.), printed in the US, 1998
  • Chemical Demonstrations: A Handbook for Teachers, Bassam Z. Shakashiri, The University of Wisconsin Press, c/o Chicago Distribution Center, 11030 S. Langley Ave, Chicago IL 60628.

Video Resources



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