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A Chemistry Survey for Summer Engagement

In this class, we will explore the fundamentals of chemistry, including structure of the atom, physical and chemical changes, the periodic table, and the difference between elements and compounds.
Vivien Tabak
34 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 17 learners
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year old learners
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$13 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 4 weeks
55 minutes per class
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Class Experience

Pupils will learn about atomic theory, which is the basis of knowledge of chemistry. They will learn about the interactions of substances as they form compounds and how the periodic table is the "bible" of chemistry.

Lesson 1: Meaning of the word "atom"
                 Subatomic particles, their charges and positions. We will build models of atoms.
                The periodic table: identifying names of elements; who developed it?

Lesson 2: Elements versus compounds--define and identify from formulae and drawings. We will use colored pencils or markers to             draw models of compounds.
                Atomic number and atomic mass
                What is a molecule? How do we know how many molecules are shown by a formula?
Lesson 3: States of matter and changes between states
                Conservation of matter
                Physical changes versus chemical changes

Lesson 4: Density. How do we compare and calculate? We will make a density column.
                What is a mixture?
I hold a degree in Biology, and have taught chemistry, both in a formal setting, and in small groups. Previous learners in Outschool enjoyed the classes and are waiting for enough enrollees to make a follow-up class.
I would suggest reviewing the terms and concepts during the week following the lesson, so that we can move on in the next class with only a quick review, rather than a reteach. I plan to provide some simple exercises to reinforce the material.
A notebook or binder, pencils and erasers, a ruler, color pencils. From time to time, I will ask parents to provide materials for hands-on activities, to bring the learning alive and get the kids involved. For starters, I would ask you to give your kids a wire hanger, a few styrofoam balls ($10.99 for a bag of 100, assorted sizes, from Walmart; check Dollar stores) of different sizes, string, and some paint or markers to make a model of the atom.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
There will be informal assessment. If any learner wishes to have a written report for the next school year, I can provide that.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


Vivien Tabak
Lives in the United States
The Teacher
34 total reviews
36 completed classes

About Me

I am a teacher with extensive experience, having taught elementary through high school. Most of my career has involved teaching Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environment, but I have also taught Hebrew and Judaics. I... 
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