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Chemistry That Applies
Science

Chemistry That Applies was found to have potentially positive effects on general science achievement for middle school students.

Chemistry That Applies is an instructional unit designed to help students in grades 8–10 understand the law of conservation of matter. It consists of 24 lessons organized in four clusters. Working in groups, students explore four chemical reactions: burning, rusting, the decomposition of water, and the reaction of baking soda and vinegar. As part of the unit, students conduct experiments in which they cause these reactions to happen, obtain and record data in individual notebooks, analyze the data, and use evidence-based arguments to explain the data. The instructional unit engages the students in a structured sequence of hands-on laboratory investigations interwoven with other forms of instruction.

Findings

1
studies that met standards out of
1
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Science achievement Potentially positive effects 8
 
 
11

Last Updated: February 2012

Race

Asian
12%
Black
30%
White
34%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
24%
Not Hispanic
76%

Gender

Male: 51%
Female: 49%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

28%

English Learners

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6%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Small Group

Urbanicity

Suburban

Locations

MD
South


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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.

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