Chemistry for the Logic Stage

Course Description


Full-year course. This course is designed to provide inquiry-based instruction tailored to logic-stage (middle school) students of chemistry.  Specific topics of exploration include the periodic table of elements, properties of matter and solutions, chemical reactions, acid-base chemistry, biochemistry, and the chemistry of industry.  Throughout each unit of study, we will implement and discuss key components of the scientific method. Many of the concepts we explore build on each other, making it essential for students to continually reflect on their understanding of the content.  Students will be expected to demonstrate connections through narrative summaries, complete independent and group assignments, collect and analyze data, and compose written scientific reports.   

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Required texts:

  • Hudson, Paige.​ Chemistry for the Logic Stage Student Guide. Order through Elemental Science.
  • The​ ​DK​ ​Encyclopedia​ ​of​ ​Science​ ​(DKES).​ 

Class meets twice per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: 15 students.

Designed for grades 6-8.