For the 2018-19 school year, buy a copy of the lab book Chemistry on a Budget. It’s a great resource for your class!
There are two versions of each lab, one with a ten-question conclusion and one with directions for a full lab report. This way the teacher has the option! Each lab is two pages to allow for one two-sided handout.
A 5-Star Customer Review of Chemistry on a Budget at amazon.com states:
“[S]traight forward, to the point, using household chemicals…this is the lab book for you.
I teach high school chemistry and this is exactly what [I] was looking for. Labs included simple household chemicals that could be easily found. Nice format, easy to follow along procedures, and touches on every topic of our chemistry curriculum.”
You can buy this lab book for $23 at amazon.com or lulu.com. It will take 1-2 weeks to get to you -- Order Now. It’s a great resource!
*Some of you have already purchased my lab book – be sure to check out Page 141 !
“Plastic Pollution Coalition is a growing global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses, and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways and oceans, and the environment."
I prefer not to advertise for an organization, but here is another attempt to respond to the issue of in the garbage in the ocean.
“The Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) headquartered in Berkeley, CA is an organization working against the growing plastic pollution that is mostly caused by single-use plastic products and ingredients (plastic bottles, plastic bags, polystyrene, microplastics, microbeads). Founded in 2009, it has over 500 member organizations and businesses plus individuals who work for the common cause. PPC was co-founded by Lisa Kaas Boyle, Manuel Maqueda, Daniella Russo and artist Dianna Cohen who also serves as CEO.
Plastic is a substance the earth cannot digest. REFUSE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
--the reduction of plastic consumption (plastic-free schools/events/eateries)
--the responsibility of policy and regulation (plastic-free towns, zero waste strategies)
--a change in production (extended producer responsibility, product redesign)
--global coalition building”
“The goal of PPC is to reduce global dependence on disposable plastic and to significantly reduce the global plastic footprint, and the coalition works on many levels to achieve these goals. First, it educates about the need to reduce consumption of disposable plastic. PPC pushes producers to take responsibility for the disposal of their products and to voluntarily engage in more sustainable practices. It also supports government regulation limiting use of disposable plastics, which is exactly what you hope will come out of these Environmental Protection Agency hearings.
This hearing is your opportunity to push for the strongest possible regulation in terms of disposable plastic reduction and environmental cleanup. PPC knows that the problems of pollution and marine debris are global in nature, but you would like to see the United States set an example for other countries. This hearing is a huge opportunity for PPC, and you are determined to be heard.”
“This past December , the 5 Gyres Institute released a landmark paper that contained the first-ever global estimate of how much plastic is floating in the ocean. After six years and 24 expeditions that spanned 50,000 nautical miles, their researchers calculated that there are some 5.25 trillion plastic particles clogging the ocean’s surface layer. This plastic soup weighs a collective 269,000 tons – which is only 0.1 percent of the 288 million tons of plastic produced in 2012. The Institute itself has admitted their estimate is a conservative one and, though 88 percent of the ocean surface contains plastic debris, most of it is still unaccounted for.
One of its most notable destinations is the remote Midway Atoll. Back in November , I [Dianna Cohen] spoke with broadcaster and director Angela Sun, whose documentary, Plastic Paradise, explores Midway and the garbage that’s swamping its beaches. The island chain is located near the Pacific Trash Vortex, a subtropical convergence zone where wind and ocean currents suck in all the debris of the Pacific Ocean.
Birds from Midway eat the brightly-colored bottle caps, toothbrushes, toys and nurdles they find swirling in the gyre. Over time, their bellies distend from the undigestable garbage in their diet and they die, leaving behind piles of bones and debris on the beach. The birds also feed this trash to their chicks. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reported that that of the 200,000 to 500,000 albatross chicks born on the island, those that die have twice as much plastic in their stomachs as those that die from other causes.”
Other blog posts about Ocean Clean-up issues include:
06/25/2015 Ocean Clean-Up
02/28/2016 Video: "Does the Ocean Think?"
03/19/2016 Microplastic Polluting Our Oceans
02/17/2017 The Ocean Clean-up Project Revisited
03/24/2017 Toxic Mercury Levels in Sea Life
12/01/2017 Ocean Wave Power
12/08/2017 Video: Oceans -- The Mystery of the
01/26/2018 Current Event -- Oil Drill Site Explosion
06/01/2018 Film on Ocean Water Interrupts CO2 Absorption
08/10/2018 Oil Spill Sponge
10/19/2018 The Ocean Cleanup Launch
For the 2018/2019 school year, buy a copy of the lab book Chemistry on a Budget – it is a great resource! You can examine the labs and decide what you want to use during the school year.
*This Blog contains several entries that would be helpful to your chemistry classroom. Check out the Topic List to help you to find past Blog entries.
Also, Write To Me about your successes, challenges, or questions in the Chemistry Classroom.
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