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Chemistry's Rainbow

pH is a very important concept in chemistry. During this lesson, students learn about pH and how it affects us and the world around us. They will then use a universal indicator and concentrated acids and bases to create a rainbow of colored solutions. Before the solutions are discarded, the students will have to figure out how to neutralize each solution.

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CSI in a Wheat Field

Chemistry is everywhere, even in the soil beneath our feet. During this hands-on activity, students will learn about the importance of Earth's most valuable resource, soil, and its chemical properties. Students will then assume the role of a crime scene investigator and use a soil test kit to look at the chemical properties of various soil samples to determine if fictional suspects were at the scene of a crime.

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DNA Bracelet

DNA is the blueprint for life and almost every living organism on Earth contains a unique sequence of nucleotide bases. During this lesson, students will learn about the basics of DNA sequences and base pairing by constructing a bracelet of DNA sequence from organisms including humans, chimpanzees, butterflies, carnivorous plants or flesh-eating bacteria.

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Leaf ID

How are living things named and classified? During this exercise, students learn about how organisms are named and classified. They then learn about leaf anatomy and use a dichotomous key to identify unknown leaf samples.

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Let's Talk About the Weather

The weather is an important part of the natural environment. It directly or indirectly affects many of our activities. But did you know it also affects food, clothing and shelter production? In this exercise, students will learn about how weather affects agriculture, how temperature affects the volume of a liquid, and how clouds form. Students will then make their own thermometers and clouds in a bottle.

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Molecules Matter! Photosynthesis

How do elements form compounds and what do these compounds look like? Students will learn about how elements bond to form compounds. They will also learn about the most important chemical reaction on Earth, photosynthesis, and will construct 3-D models of the compounds of photosynthesis using spice drops and toothpicks.

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Nails for Breakfast

Chemistry is everywhere, even in the food we eat. In this lesson, students learn about elements in the periodic table and specifically about how important iron (Fe) is to humans and plants. They will then extract iron from cereals using powerful magnets.

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Strawberry DNA Extraction

DNA is the blueprint for life. Almost every living thing on Earth contains DNA. In this experiment, students learn about DNA and extract it from a strawberry using common household chemicals.

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The Carbon Cycle

All living organisms are built of carbon compounds. Carbon is the fundamental building block of life and an important component of many chemical processes. In this lesson, students will learn about the importance of the carbon cycle and how it relates to life on Earth. Hands-on experiments will be used to answer questions about the chemical and physical properties of carbon dioxide.

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The Crayon Rock Cycle

Weathering and erosion of rock is a very important part of soil formation, one of Earth's most important geological processes. But, how are rocks formed? This lesson teaches students about the rock cycle by using crayons to model the formation of each of the different types of rock: sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous.

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