Teacher Friendly Chemistry Labs and Activities is a high
school level chemistry experiment book written by a teacher, Ms.
Deanna York. She found that her students learned chemistry better
by doing it, but the labs provided in chemistry textbooks were
difficult to complete. Expensive materials, no flexibility, and
complicated instructions and lab sheets were just a few of the
issues. Even if the lab from the textbook was completed, grading
was difficult and time consuming. Teacher Friendly Chemistry
Labs and Activities contains 34 labs that address these issues,
and it is designed to be used alongside any chemistry textbook.
Some of the labs included are "Separation of a Mixture," "Calculating
Average Atomic Mass," and "Flame Test for Metallic Ions."
Each lab contains a lab sheet, teacher notes, answers to the lab
sheet, a lab quiz, and a lab make-up sheet. The lab sheets are
typically only two pages long, and are written with instructions
that are easily understood by the student. The teacher notes contain
a list of supplies for the lab and any set-up instructions, along
with the outcomes the teacher should be looking for and teaching
tips. While lab quizzes are provided, Ms. York recommends adding
the questions to the student's chapter tests instead of giving
a quiz after each lab. The student lab make-up sheets are intended
for use when a student misses a lab in a classroom situation, but
these can also be used by a homeschool student if materials or
equipment isn't available for a specific lab.
There is no master list of supplies in the book, but this is available
online. Most of the supplies appear to be readily available at
the local supermarket or easily ordered from an online homeschool
science supplier. The instructions for the labs are clear, as are
the teaching notes. There are no quiz answers available for the
quizzes that I could find, but the quizzes are all fill in the
blank, true or false, or multiple-choice questions, so they should
be easy enough to grade should you choose to use them. There are
bingo-style game cards included for review of equipment, element
names and symbols, and polyatomic ions. Overall, Teacher Friendly
Chemistry Labs and Activities appears to be a great addition
to any high school chemistry course.