Need to complete a high school chemistry class with a wet lab? We did and that is how this blog was born. To help you get started, we have put together an overview of a high school chemistry course with links to posts about the lessons and labs.
I. Getting a High School chemistry lab kit.
We chose the The Home Scientist for our hands-on chemistry lab kit.
Of those offered, we used the CK01A Standard/Honors Home School Chemistry Laboratory Kit
The kit comes with most of the equipment and chemicals you need for a high school chemistry wet lab that you can do at home. It also comes with a free .pdf manual to download with complete, extensive lab instructions. (Link on this page). You will have to supply some materials, which are common household items for the most part. You will also need a place to store the chemicals away from small children and pets.
II. Choosing a High School Chemistry Textbook:
The text we used was Introductory Chemistry (4th Edition) by Nivaldo J. Tro. The book the textbook reading assignments in the lessons refer to that text. We chose this text over the Essentials version because it has three additional chapters at the end which could be used as reference material. We used chapters 1-16.
As typical with the textbook industry, there is now a newer edition.
Introductory Chemistry (5th Edition) by Nivaldo J. Tro
We liked the tone of the text and the great illustrations.
Another text that is commonly used in high school chemistry classrooms is:
Chemistry by Steven S. Zumdahl and Susan A. Zumdahl
III. High School Chemistry Class Outline
The following are links to the blog posts we used for the class. I split some of the chapters in the Tro text, so we ended up meeting for 22 weeks.
I have left out the sidebars, which were posts about some more information on questions the students found interesting.
(Note: For the lab, we did models of atom orbitals using Model Magic modeling clay. Let me know in the comments if you would like details.)
For Lab 22, we had a review with activities and tasks from throughout the course.
If you would like to know more about any of the materials or coursework, please feel free to leave questions in the comments.