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“Chem”-eleon Indicators—Science and Art with Acids and Bases—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7018 

Price: $40.68

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The Chem-eleon Indicators Chemistry and Art Laboratory Kit allows students to view paper chameleons change color with basic and acidic chemistry. Creativity flows as students use scientific and artistic skills, making unique “chem”-eleons.

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Watch paper chameleons magically change color with the help of some basic—and acidic—chemistry. Students spot solutions of various household substances on specially treated blotting paper, then estimate the pH of each by the color produced. Creativity flows as students then combine their scientific and artistic skills to make unique, colorful “chem”-eleons. A great integrated learning activity! Includes one acid and one base solution, five red cabbage indicator color charts, complete instructions with reproducible student handouts, valuable Teacher Notes and enough materials to make 30 chameleons.

Complete for 30 students working individually. Common household acids and bases are suggested, but not included.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Hydrochloric acid solution, 0.1 M, 75 mL
Red cabbage extract, universal indicator, 2 g
Sodium hydroxide solution, 0.1 M, 75 mL
Blotting paper, chameleon prints, 5
Cotton swabs, pkg/300
Dishes, weighing, 0.5 g, 1⅝" x 1⅝" x 5/16"
Red cabbage extract, universal indicator chart, 5

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Crosscutting Concepts

Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS2-5: Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact
MS-PS3-2: Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.
HS-PS3-5: Develop and use a model of two objects interacting through electric or magnetic fields to illustrate the forces between objects and the changes in energy of the objects due to the interaction.