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Hands-On Activity Manuals and How-To Guides

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If you want to do, or do more, hands-on activities, if you are thinking about sponsoring a chemistry camp or outreach program, then check out the materials below. ICE has captured and compiled its experience into documents designed to make your job easier. Benefit from our experience—ICE has six manuals below.

Chem Camp Handbook


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Chem Camp Handbook is a complete guide to conducting a five half-day summer or weekend chemistry workshop for middle school students. This handbook provides information on what to do and how to do it—there are lab activities and ideas for demonstrations on five topics, a topic for each day: elements; acids and bases; chromatography and ions; metals and alloys; and crystal growing and polymers.

You will find everything you need to know! Separate instructor notes, group leader notes, and student handout masters; materials and supplier lists; time and money budgets; masters for publicity; parental permission slips; etc. It really is a complete guide!

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The Chemistry Companion
for Middle School Science Teachers


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The Chemistry Companion for Middle School Science Teachers is a companion to the Fun With Chemistry guidebooks. It incorporates hands-on activities and chemistry topics that will help revitalize the middle school curriculum. It features a variety of topics including: the scientific method, matter, the periodic table, atoms, acids and bases, energy, chemical reactions, chemical bonding and environmental chemistry. It offers analogies, real-world applications, and several hands-on activities to complement the above topics and your curriculum.

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Fun with Chemistry:
A Guidebook of K–12 Activities, Vols. 1 & 2

All Levels; M

Fun with Chemistry
Volume 1

Fun with Chemistry
Volume 2

Click on a cover to see each volume's table of contents and a description of each activity.

The Fun with Chemistry hands-on activities and demonstration volumes were created for K–12 teachers and use readily available, inexpensive materials. Each Activity includes complete instructions for preparation and presentation, a materials list, and an explanation, along with suggestions for appropriate grade levels, methods of presentation, and curriculum integration. The format enables teachers to easily incorporate these activities into their classes.

Volume 1 has 53 activities and demonstrations developed and extensively tested by teachers at all levels. Activities have been selected for pedagogical value, safety, and ease of presentation using readily available, inexpensive materials. Topics in Volume 1 include carbon dioxide, chemistry with foodstuffs, color changes, density, five and dime, and a section of more advanced activities.

Volume 2 continues the tradition of Volume 1 with 54 more activities that will delight students and teachers with surprising materials and seemingly paradoxical effects. This 300+ page book includes activities on polymers, chromatography, the chemistry of egg dyeing, crystal growing, and Cartesian divers, among others.

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SPICE: Guidebook for a Traveling Outreach Program

All Levels; M

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The SPICE (Students Participating In Chemical Education) traveling demonstration program is an enormous success, having reached 70,000 people in the last 20 years. In the SPICE Guidebook we have assembled our experience on how to organize and put on a program of demonstrations in schools or public places. Includes "scripts" of demonstrations, advice on gearing an activity to different audiences, notes on safety, a bibliography of demonstration source-books, and suggestions for hands-on activity events.

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For more information about the University of Wisconsin–Madison's SPICE program, visit the SPICE website.

Super Science Connections

Elem; M

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Super Science Connections (SSC) was designed to help elementary school teachers who have little science background integrate hands-on science activities into a typical K–3 curriculum. It was written by K–3 teachers, for K–3 teachers.

Super Science Connections integrates children's literature, writing, mathematics, art projects, social studies, and health instruction with hands-on science—observing, devising experiments, hypothesizing, and drawing conclusions. It models ways in which your classroom can become a place where students learn and enjoy science in context. SSC contains 34 activities centered on a science concept or process skill connected to the AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy.

The activities are divided into the following topics:

• color and light • insulation• surface tension
• pressure• water and changing its state

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ICE Devices:
Constructing Inexpensive Classroom & Lab Tools


A full list the of DevICEs you can create and use is provided with the Online Publication.

Need more hands-on tools for your classroom? Don't have a lot of money or time to spend? Make your own with ICE Devices. The ICE Devices collection shows you how, in less than an hour per Device and for under $30 you can have 10 different tools including:

• balance• BB Board
• neon lamp cord• magnetic stirrer
• conductivity probe• electrolysis apparatus
• rod-climbing device• mass spectrometer simulator
• chromatography column simulator • a miniature explosion devices

With ICE Devices you learn first from making the device, then learn even more by using it to demonstrate a chemical principle—for example, use the BB board to demonstrate annealing, hardening and tempering of metals; the neon lamp cord demonstrates the chemistry of vision; the chromatography simulator illustrates size-exclusion column chromatography. Devices use materials readily available at hardware and electronics stores. All devices are stand-alone—no computer required.

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