A1, A3, B2 & B4 Chemistry (1st semester) 2023 - 2024

Mon., Aug. 21 Class Introduction

Course Syllabus

Student Background

Students will become aware of class policies and procedures. Complete Student Background
Tue., Aug. 22

Elements 1-18

Best Notes of the Year

Instructional Videos (your notes need to include everything written on the Smartboard)

Create EDpuzzle account, don't log in using Google, don't provide an email, use your first name and then period number and just last initial. Remember your password. Join the class using code: gercajn

SI Introduction Video
Using SI Prefixes Video3:38
Origins of SI Video 5:29
Temperature Video

Periodic Table Divider

Students will begin to learn the names and chemical symbols of the first 18 elements.

Students will identify the metric units of measurement for distance, mass, volume and time; list the common metric prefixes and use them to change units.

Watch 4 instructional videos, take high quality notes, answer the questions in the video and write down any questions you have.

Cornel Notes Graph Paper pdf

Thur., Aug. 24

SI Warm-Up #1

Metric Conversions do all 10

Density Video

none Students will perform SI conversions; density and temperature calculations.

Prepare for elements 1-18 quiz

Watch 1 instructional video


Mon., Aug. 28

1. Density, Mass and Volume Drill 10 correct , miss 0 or 1

Scientific Notation Video 7:24
Accuracy and Precision Video 8:20
Hands-On Lab Video 6:13

Elements 1-18 Quiz

Students will use mass, volume and density to determine the unknown.

Students will observe six different combinations of substances and gather evidence to support whether it was a physical or chemical change.

Watch 3 instructional videos

Complete Hands-On Lab on textbook pages 7 and 8 in your evidence notebook

Wed., Aug. 30

SI Warm-Up #2

Sig. Fig. Tutorial complete 11 questions

Significant Figures 1
Significant Figures 2

Mathematics Rules

Students will explain the difference between accuracy and precision. Students will be able to convert into and from scientific notation. Students will identify the number of significant digits in a measurement and calculate to the proper number of significant figures.

Watch 2 instructional videos

Prepare for elements 1-36 Quiz

Tue., Sep. 5

SI Warm Up #3

2. Scientific Notation Drill 10 correct , miss 0 or 1
3. Significant Figures Drill 15 correct, miss 0 or 1
4. Sig Fig Calculations Drill do 12

Dimensional Analysis

none Students will calculate using scientific notation with appropriate significant figures in their answers.

Watch 1 instructional video

Prepare for elements 1-36 Quiz


Thur., Sep. 7

Start Practice Test

Matter and Energy
Substances & Mixtures

Elements 1 - 36 Quiz

Unit 01 Practice Test

Students will use significant digits correctly and identify the number of significant digits in a measurement.

Watch 1 instructional video

Try all of Unit 01 Practice Test

All Unit 01 drills are due this week.

Prepare for elements 1-56 Quiz


Mon., Sep. 11

Registration for your element choice 8AM to 10AM and noon to 2PM on Flex Friday.

SI Warm Up #4

Element Project Intro.

Names/Symbols for Elements 4:55

Atoms 9:18

Element Project

Poster Scoring Rubric

Students will research and orally report on an element of their choice.

Watch 2 instructional videos

Register your element.

Wed., Sep. 13

Review Unit 01 Practice Test

Masses of Atoms 5:41

none Students will determine the number of protons, electrons and neutrons for a specific isotope of an atom. Watch 1 instructional video

Fri., Sep. 15

Return to Kinnick High in person

Dimensional Analysis Warm-up

Lab Safety Powerpoint

Lab Safety pages 1 - 4 Students will be acquainted with lab techniques, safety equipment and procedures.

Prepare for elements 1-56 Quiz

Return signed
lab safety

Study for lab safety quiz

Tue., Sep. 19
Lab 02
Group Roles

Elements 1 - 56 Quiz

Lab 02 "Density"

Students will measure length, mass, volume and determine the density of an object and how that relates to its properties. Prepare for elements 1-56 Quiz
Thur., Sep. 21

Calculation Warm-up

Finish Lab 02

% error Al and Fe

Elements 1 - 56 (+14) Quiz

Web Elements

Drill 5 Instructions 7:11

Walls That Learn

Rough Draft of Poster

Students will look up the most abundant isotope for their element.

Lab 02

Prepare for Elements 1-56 (+14) Quiz

Rough Draft of Poster

Watch 1 instructional video


Tue., Sep. 26

Calculation Warm-up 2

5. Proton, Neutron, Electron Drill 10 correct, miss 0 or 1
(error: Es problems)

Chem Think: Ions
  a) Tutorial
  b) Question Set
use Internet Explorer

Department Store Model of Electron Clouds 10:59

Atomic Structure Chart

Students will determine the number of protons, neutrons and electrons in isotopes of atoms. Students will write the atomic number and mass number in the appropriate location around the element's symbol.

Atomic Structure

Element project
due Oct. 21-22

Watch 1 instructional video

Thur., Sep. 28

Electron Configuration
Dot Diagram

Aufbau Diagram and Orbitals 8:01

Average Atomic Mass 7:33

Significant Figures 1 Students will determine how to create the electron configuration and a dot diagram for the elements and apply this to their own element.

Finish Element Poster

Significant Figures 1

Watch 2 instructional videos

Mon., Oct. 2

Lab 03
Group Roles

Drill 6 Instructions 7:55

Lab 03 "Elements, Compounds & Mixtures" Students will distinguish between substances and mixtures by classifying materials based on their appearance and chemical makeup.

Lab 03

Watch 1 instructional video


Wed., Oct. 4

Average Atomic Mass Warm-up

Elements 1-56 (+14) Quiz

6. Electronic Structure of Atoms and Ions Drill 10 correct, miss 0 or 1

Chem Think: Isotopes
  a) Tutorial
  b) Question Set

Drill 7 Instructions 11:57

Elements 1 - 56 (+14) Quiz

Unit 02 Practice Test

Students will calculate the weighted average for the isotopes of an atom.

Start Unit 02 Practice Test

Watch 1 instructional video

Tue., Oct. 10

Calculation Warm-up 3

7. Wavelength, Frequency and Energy Drill 5 correct, miss 0 or 1

Chem Think: Particulate Nature of Matter
  a) Tutorial
  b) Question Set


Students will utilize the relationships between energy, wavelength, frequency and the speed of light in problem solving. Study SI notes for quiz
Thur., Oct. 12

Textbook Check

SI Quiz

Lab 04 Electrons and Light


Metric System (SI) Quiz

Lab 04 Electrons and Light

Students will convert from one prefix to another using five basic units.

Students will determine the characteristic colors of light emitted by excited atoms in gas tubes.

Lab 04

Study Sig Fig notes for quiz


Mon, Oct. 16

Lab 05
Group Roles

Lab 05 Isotopes and Atomic Mass

SI Practice

Students will determine the atomic mass of each isotope of a fictitious element, determine the percent abundance of each of the three isotopes and determine the average atomic mass.

Lab 05

SI Practice

Study Sig Fig notes for quiz


Wed., Oct. 18


Review Sig Fig 1 HW

Sig Fig Quiz

Significant Figures Quiz
do NOT use scientific notation, NO lines over zeros, use sig. fig. rules
Students will demonstrate mastery of significant digit rules. Finishing touches on your oral presentation.

Mon, Oct. 23

Element Project Oral Presentations Presentation Scoring Rubric Students will demonstrate their knowledge of their element through an oral presentation and poster. Prepare for Unit 01/02 Test

Wed., Oct. 25

Review Unit 02 Practice Test, Review Sig Fig Quiz

Chem Think: Atomic Structure
  a) Tutorial
  b) Question Set

none Students will demonstrate the ability to determine the number of particles in an atom, average atomic mass and electron configurations. Prepare for Unit 01/02 Test

Fri., Oct. 27

Unit 01/02 Test

Quantum Numbers 12:14

Unit 01/02 Test Students will demonstrate an understanding of concepts and skills learned in Unit 02.
Watch 1 instructional video
Wed., Nov. 1

Review Unit 01/02 Test

Finish Presentations

8. Quantum Number Drill 10 correct, miss 0 or 1

Periods and Groups 5:07

s, p, d, f blocks 6:30

Metals and Non-metals

Quantum Numbers

Unit 01/02 Test Retake Slip

Students will determine the four quantum numbers for any electron.

Quantum Numbers

Watch 3 instructional videos



Fri., Nov. 3


Periodic Trends Activity

Ion Formation 6:58

Brief History of the Periodic Table 5:48

Historical Tables

Periodic Trends Activity 01

Students will gather data for representative element's atomic radius, 1st ionization energy and electronegativity and compare these to their position on the periodic table.

Periodic Trends Activity with one printed graph

Watch 2 instructional videos

Tue., Nov. 7

Review for Quantum Number Quiz

Lab 06
Group Roles

Atomic/Ionic Radius 6:56

1st Ionization Energy/ Electron Affinity 8:33

Electronegativity/ Metallic Character/ Reactivity 7:15

6 Powerpoint slides from Periodic Trends presentations

Lab 06 "Paper Chromatography"

Students will examine how liquid mixtures can be separated.

Students will identify seven periodic trends (atomic radius, ionic radius, 1st ionization energy, electronegativity, electron affinity, metallic nature and reactivity), relate them to an elements position on the periodic table and explain why a trend occurs.

Lab 06

Prepare for Quantum Number Quiz

Watch 3 instructional videos

Thur., Nov. 9

Activity 02 Melting Point Periodicity


Activity 02 Melting Point Periodicity

Students will determine the number and location of electrons in the different electron cloud types.

Students will determine the periodic trend for the melting point of the first 56 elements using Excel.

Activity 02


Tue., Nov. 14

Unit 01/02 Test retake opportunity #1 Thur., Nov. 16 at 2:30 PM.

Lab 07 (in lab room)

Group Roles

Types of Radiation 5:15

Nuclear Decay 9:01

Half Life 8:01

Lab 07 "A Chemical Change" Students will perform and evaluate a chemical change and state the law of conservation of matter.

Lab 07

Watch 3 instructional videos

Thur., Nov. 16

Quantum Number Quiz

Lab 08 "Half-Life Modeling"
Group Roles

Alpha Decay / Half - Life model

Carbon Dating 8:26

Nuclear Fusion 9:55

Nuclear Fission 6:42

Quantum Number Quiz

Lab 08 "Half-Life Modeling"

Ion Formation/ Periodic Trends/ Nuclear Reactions

Unit 03 Practice Test

Students will write ion formation equations, identify the three types of radiation, calculate the neutron to proton ratio and determine the products of nuclear decay.

Print graph for Lab 08 Half-life

Ion Formation/ Periodic Table/ Nuclear Reactions

Start Unit 03 Practice Test

Watch 3 instructional videos


Mon., Nov. 20


Registration for your compound choice begins after school on Wed., Nov. 22


Bonding Flipbook Project Introduction

Chem Think:Covalent Bonding
a) Tutorial
b) Question Set
Use Internet Explorer

Bonding Flipbook

Unit 01/02 Test Retake Slip

Students will create a flipbook to illustrate how two or more atoms join together to become a compound, to include the names of the atoms, chemical symbols, the name of the compound, the type of bonding, all valence electrons and a written description of their flipbook.

Finish all of the Unit 03 Practice Test

Flipbooks due
A Day Dec. 14
B Day Dec. 15


Wed., Nov. 22

Unit 01/02 Test retake opportunity #2 Wed., Nov. 29 at 2:30 PM.

Lab 09 (in lab room)
Group Roles

Review Unit 03 Practice Test

Introduction to Bonding and the Octet Rule 12:21

Lab 09 "The Alkaline Earth Group"

Students will determine the relative reactivity of the members of the Alkaline Earth Group.

Lab 09

Watch 1 instructional video

Tue., Nov. 28


Chem Think:Ionic Formulas
a) Tutorial
b) Question Set
Use Internet Explorer

Ionic Compounds 5:53

Criss-Cross Method 7:43

Binary Ionic Names 4:08

Binary Ionic Formulas and Names Students will name binary ionic compound and write their formulas using the criss-cross method. Students will examine situations where a metal and non-metal bond to each reach the octet.

Binary Ionic Formulas and Names

Watch 3 instructional videos

Thur., Nov. 30
(No B Day)

Lab 10 (in lab room)

Group Roles

Polyatomic Ions 8:39

Stock System 7:12

Lab 10 "Production of Nonmetals"

Students will produce, examine and test two common nonmetal elements. Students will examine situations where non-metals bond to reach the octet.

Lab 10

Watch 2 instructional videos

Mon., Dec. 4
(No A Day)
B day completes previous lesson      
Wed., Dec. 6 9. Binary Stock System Names to Formulas Drill 10 correct, miss 0 or 1
(error: for phosphite use charge of -2)

Polyatomic Ions List

Polyatomic / Stock System Formulas and Names


Students will name ionic compounds that include a polyatomic ion and/or a transition element and write the formula if the name is given. Students will determine the stock number for an ion using the stock system.

Polyatomic / Stock System Formulas and Names

36 Fri., Dec. 8

Lab 11

Group Roles

Metallic Bonds 7:21

Covalent Prefixes 10:05

Strong Acids and Bases

Lab 11 "Molecular Models "

Flipbook Questions

Students will build models of molecules and determine the Lewis Dot Diagram.

Flipbook Questions

Lab 11 (due first class of the 3rd quarter)

Watch 3 instructional videos


Tue., Dec. 12

Bonding Warm-up

Flipbook Inspiration

10. Binary Covalent Compounds Drill do all 50

Hydrates 5:23

Binary Molecular Formulas and Names

Walls That Learn

Students will name binary molecules and write their formulas using prefixes. Students will know 7 strong acids and 8 strong bases.

Binary Molecular Formulas and Names

Prepare for two Quizzes

Watch 1 instructional video

Finish Flipbook

38 Thur., Dec. 14

Lab 12 (in lab room)

Group Roles


Flipbook Rubric

Lab 12 "Covalent, Ionic and Hydrated Crystals"

Students will use the reaction to heating to predict the type of bonding in a crystal.

Lab 12


39 Tue., Jan. 2

11. Formulas to Names Drill 10 correct, miss 0 or 1
(error: for metal combined with one oxygen use monoxide)

Bonding Summary 8:49

Polar Bonds 9:37

Practice 4

Students will write the names and formulas of  ionic and molecular compounds including use of the stock system and polyatomic ions.

Bring Textbook

Nomeclature Practice 4

Prepare for Quiz

Watch 2 instructional videos


Thur., Jan. 4

Lab 13

Group Roles

Textbook Check

Geometry of Small Molecules 15:21

Lab 13 "Molecular Model Geometry and Polarity"

Students will describe what VSEPR indicates for the geometry of small molecules. Students will identify five common molecular shapes, bond angles, whether a bond is polar or non-polar and whether the entire molecule is polar or non-polar.

Lab 13

Watch 1 instructional video


Jan. 8 - 11

(double class)

Review Unit 03/04

Semester One Exam

End of 2nd Qtr.

Semester One Exam

Students will demonstrate mastery of Unit 01 - 04 content through written assessment. none