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Chemistry & Materials Classroom Resources

This collection of lessons and web resources is aimed at classroom teachers, their students, and students' families. Most of these resources come from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). NSDL is the National Science Foundation's online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. See www.nsdl.org

Chemistry Now
Resource: Educator and Students (middle-high school)
http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/chemistrynow/
This website hosts a video series exploring the chemistry of common objects in our world and the changes they undergo. NBC Learn, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and NSF joined forces to create the series in celebration of the International Year of Chemistry. To delve deeper into the world of chemistry, there are: additional videos, including current and archival news stories related to chemistry, and lesson plans from NSTA for middle- and high-school students.

Teachers' Domain: Matter
Resource: Educator (grades K-12)
http://www.teachersdomain.org/collection/k12/sci.phys.matter/
This Web site provides a multitude of information on physical matter including lesson plans for teachers.

ChemEd DL: Chemistry Education Pathway
Resource: Educator (high school) and Information Research (high school and above)
http://www.chemeddl.org
The chemistry education Pathway of NSDL, ChemEd DL provides exemplary digital resources, tools, and online services to aid teaching and learning in chemistry based on "Observe", "Explore" and "Explain". ChemEd DL provides a destination for all those interested in chemistry to share what they know so that others may learn.

Science for Kids
Resource: Educator (grades K-8) and Parents
http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true &_pageLabel=PP_EDUCATION&node_id=89&use_sec=false&__uuid=ee2835a9-1f4a-46ae-98c0-0648c188c7c7
The American Chemical Society's Science Web site contains a wealth of information for teachers and students of all ages. As part of their Education Web page, the Kids Web site contains teacher resources for students in grades K-6, which are easily adapted to the middle school level. Find activities, games, puzzles and articles that cover a variety of chemistry topics to share with students.

Today's Science for Tomorrow's Scientists
Resource: Educator (grades 5-12)
http://www.chemeddl.org/collections/TSTS/
The purpose of this Web site is to introduce current research in the areas of science and engineering into middle school and high school classrooms. Activities are for grades 5-12 and are interactive and fun with definitions of challenging new words embedded. Puzzle tests at the end of every unit give students and teachers a chance to identify gains in knowledge from the tutorial.

National Science Digital Library
Resource: All Audiences
www.nsdl.org
This collection of lessons and web resources is aimed at classroom teachers, their students, and students' families. Most of these resources come from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). NSDL is the National Science Foundation's online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

WWW Chemistry Guide
Resource: Educator and Information Research (high school and above)
http://www.chemistryguide.org
A collection of more than 250 links aimed primarily at chemists and researchers but also useful to teachers, organized by categories. A great resource for educators because sites have been reviewed for their excellence and this eliminates searching through "junk".

Strange Matter
Resource: Educator (grades 5-8) and Parents
http://www.strangematterexhibit.com/
The Strange Matter traveling exhibit that teaches kids about the amazing world of modern materials and materials science. The exhibition's Web site includes a teaching guide and activities for teachers to use, and activities, games, experiments, videos and more for kids. And there's fun stuff for families to do also!

Chem4Kids
Resource: Students (middle-high school)
http://www.chem4kids.com
Chem4Kids is a Web site for students learning the basics of chemistry. The site provides explanations, acitivties and other resources to aid students while learning about chemistry.

Chemtutor
Resource: Educator and Students (high school-college)
http://www.chemtutor.com
Maintained by David Wilner, this website provides basic chemistry help for students in grades 9 through postsecondary. The site is organized by subject matter and is strictly a supplemental tutoring resource.

The Open Door Web Site
Resource: Educator and Students (ages 9-12)
http://www.knockonthedoor.com
The Open Door Web Site is created and maintained by multi-national teachers as a reference source for both students and teachers. The contents of this site are designed for use by students between the ages of 9 and 17 on topics in biology, chemistry, physics, history and technology. The site provides information, student study guides, quizes and the abililty to search the site for answers.

Chemistry & Materials Research Overview
Resource: All Audiences
http://www.nsf.gov/news/overviews/chemistry/index.jsp
This web page located on the National Science Foundation's web site will interest everyone in its discussion of "stuff." Despite this endless variety of particular interests and specialized subdisciplines, the sciences of stuff do have a fundamental unity. They are tied together by the common goal of understanding and controlling everything about molecules and materials, from the making and breaking of chemical bonds on timescales of less than a nanosecond, to the aging and corrosion of steel bridge supports on timescales of more than a decade.

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