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ACS Resources: 28 results
Suds or Duds?  
In this activity students investigate the effect of hard water on soap. They compare soap in water with soap in water plus Epsom salt. Epsom salt is made of a chemical called magnesium sulfate. When magnesium sulfate is dissolved in water and added to soapy water, the magnesium combines with the soap. This combination is actually a new substance that doesn't dissolve well in water. The common name for this substance is soap scum. Since it can't dissolve in water, the soap in the soap scum can't get back into the water and can't make bubbles.
Precipitation / Solubility |
Water / Water Chemistry
Word Find: Water  
This word search puzzle, part of a collection from the ACS 'Science for Kids' Web site, has students find topics related to water.
Applications of Chemistry |
Water / Water Chemistry
Cleaning Water  
This interactive game was developed as part of a collection from the ACS 'Science for Kids' Web site. In this game, students learn some essential concepts dealing with producing clean water.
Applications of Chemistry |
Water / Water Chemistry
Crossword: Chemistry Keeps Us Clean  
Thiscrossword puzzle, part of a collection from the ACS 'Science for Kids' Web site, has students match answers, to various statements about the chemistry of cleaning, into a crossword puzzle.
Applications of Chemistry |
Water / Water Chemistry |
Micelles |
Noncovalent Interactions
Word Find: Chemistry Keeps Us Clean  
This word search puzzle, part of a collection from the ACS 'Science for Kids' Web site, has students find topics related to the chemistry of cleaning.
Applications of Chemistry |
Water / Water Chemistry |
Micelles |
Noncovalent Interactions
Release the Grease  
In this activity students test whether water or laundry detergent is,better at cleaning a colorful greasy substance like lipstick.
Water / Water Chemistry |
Micelles
Soap & Detergent  
A collection of activities that explore basic concepts dealing with soaps and detergents. They are written for the 4-6th grade level.
Water / Water Chemistry |
Micelles
Water  
A collection of activities that explore basic concepts dealing with the properties of water They are written for the 4-6th grade level.
Water / Water Chemistry
Celery Soaks It Up  
Students place a stalk of celery in colored water. They collect and graph data on how quickly the colored water rises inside the celery.
Water / Water Chemistry |
Transport Properties
Visit with Mr. Bylsma  
In this article, future chemistry Meg A Mole interviews a scientist to explore their careers, including how they decided to become a scientist and provide information on what they actually do as part of their job. Suitable for grades 4-6.
Applications of Chemistry |
Water / Water Chemistry
All Wet  
In this hands-on activity, which is part of the ACS-Science for Kids collection, students explore some of the properties of solvents and solutes. Liquid-liquid solutions are explored to see if all liquids are soluble in water.
Solutions / Solvents |
Water / Water Chemistry |
Noncovalent Interactions
Racedrop Raceway  
In this activity, students create a 'racetrack' picture and cover it with a piece of wax paper. They add a drop of water and attempt to make the water drop follow the racetrack by tilting the paper. This works because the water beads up on the waxed surface, rather than wetting it, like regular paper. This illustrates how polar water does not mix with the nonpolar wax.
Water / Water Chemistry |
Physical Properties |
Noncovalent Interactions
Testing Water?s Skin  
In this activity, students drop water onto a penny, counting how many can be added before they spill off the side. Then the experiment is repeated, only this time a small amount of detergent is placed on the surface of the penny. Students learn about surface tension and the effect of detergents on surface tension.
Water / Water Chemistry |
Physical Properties |
Noncovalent Interactions
Water ? Clearly Unique  
In this hands-on activity, which is part of the ACS-Science for Kids collection, students explore some of the unique properties of water. Quick and easy tests show students the differences between water and similar looking liquids.
Water / Water Chemistry |
Physical Properties |
Noncovalent Interactions
Water Walkers  
In this activity, students explore surface tension in water. Some insects literally walk on water. They can do this because of their light weight and broad support. The surface tension in the water is great enough to support the insects. Students in this activity try to fashion their own water walkers made from aluminum foil.
Water / Water Chemistry |
Physical Properties |
Noncovalent Interactions
Zippy Zappy Boats  
In this activity, students make small plastic boats from a piece of Styrofoam. One has dish soap added to its back edge. Adding soap disrupts the arrangement of the water, and the water molecules near the boat have a harder time sticking to one another, making it possible for the boat to go forward.
Water / Water Chemistry |
Physical Properties |
Noncovalent Interactions
Planet Earth  
A collection of activities that explore basic concepts dealing with the Earth. They are written for the 4-6th grade level.
Geochemistry |
Atmospheric Chemistry |
Plant Chemistry |
Green Chemistry |
Water / Water Chemistry
Bubble Trouble  
In this activity students investigate the effect of hard water on soap. They compare soap in water with soap in water plus Epsom salt. Epsom salt is made of a chemical called magnesium sulfate. When magnesium sulfate is dissolved in water and added to soapy water, the magnesium combines with the soap. This combination is actually a new substance that doesn't dissolve well in water. The common name for this substance is soap scum. Since it can't dissolve in water, the soap in the soap scum can't get back into the water and can't make bubbles.
Precipitation / Solubility |
Solutions / Solvents
Caves ? the Hole Story  
Many caves are formed when water erodes limestone rock. In this activity, students use clay and sugar cubes to model cave formation, which is based on some types of rock being more soluble than others.
Geochemistry |
Precipitation / Solubility
Crystal Stencil Stars  
In this activity, students use a saturated solution of Epson salts to make artistic stars. The star shapes are cut from paper and painted with the saturated solution. As the solution dries, the Epson salts recrystalize, creating beautiful crystals all over the surface.
Precipitation / Solubility |
Solutions / Solvents
Dissolving  
A collection of activities that explore basic concepts dealing with how solutions form. They are written for the 4-6th grade level.
Solutions / Solvents |
Precipitation / Solubility
Magma ? All Gassed up to Go  
The gases in magma are under extreme pressure far beneath the earth's surface. In this activity, students use soda as a model for the behavior of magma.,
Precipitation / Solubility |
Solutions / Solvents
Newspaper Collage  
In this activity, students create a collage by transferring images from a newspaper. By wetting the images with a weak acid solution, the image is dissolved, allowing it to transfer.
Precipitation / Solubility |
Solutions / Solvents
On the Moooooove  
In this activity students place drops of food coloring on the surface of various types of milk. They then touch the center with some detergent on end of a toothpick. The food coloring spreads out most in the skim, least in the half & half, and somewhere in between in the whole milk. Since milk is made mostly of water and fat, the food coloring looks different in the different milks because the food color mixes easily in water but not in fat. So the most mixing is in the skim milk which has the most water and the least fat. The least mixing is with the half & half which has the least water and the most fat. The food coloring moves differently in the three types of milk when the detergent is added. This also has to do with the way detergent acts in different mixtures of water and fat.
Precipitation / Solubility |
Solutions / Solvents
Avogadro?s Bubbly Adventure  
Small amounts of gases are soluble, or dissolve, in water.,Two of these gases are oxygen and carbon dioxide. For,example, carbon dioxide gas is what gives soft drinks their ?fizz?.,And fish use oxygen dissolved in water for their body chemistry,,much like humans do. When there is not enough oxygen dissolved in,the water, fish can ?suffocate?. In this activity students study the,solubility of gas in water at different temperatures to see whether temperature changes this property.
Gases |
Solutions / Solvents |
Precipitation / Solubility |
Stoichiometry
Chemical & Physical Change  
A collection of activities that explore basic concepts dealing with chemical and physical change. They are written for the 4-6th grade level.
Acids / Bases |
Reactions |
Physical Properties |
Precipitation / Solubility
Dissolving's Sweet Solution  
If a solid dissolves in one liquid, will it necessarily dissolve in other liquids? In this hands-on activity, which is part of the ACS-Science for Kids collection, students explore some of the properties of solvents and solutes.
Solutions / Solvents |
Precipitation / Solubility |
Noncovalent Interactions
If Mixing Is Urgent, Try Detergent  
Normally, oil and water do not mix together very well. This fact makes it hard for water to wash away oily dirt. Detergent can help water and oil mix together. This mixing helps the water wash the oil,away. In this activity students observe the effect of detergent on water and oil.
Precipitation / Solubility |
Solutions / Solvents |
Noncovalent Interactions