Alternate Assessment in Chemistry
(and other science classrooms!!)


The New Blooms Taxonomy

ALWAYS have a rubric!!

Using Wikis for Projects

Chemistry Classroom Projects

Hypothesis Project: Students were challenged to do an "at home" experiment to prove or disprove one of the following 15 Hypotheses. They created posters that chronicled their hypothesis, experiment procedure, data and conclusions. (I loaned them a thermometer)

15 Hypotheses:
  1. Hot water cools at a faster rate than cool water.
  2. Hot water freezes in a shorter time than cold water
  3. Different amounts of water freeze at the same temperature.
  4. The mass of an ice cube is the same as the mass of an equal volume of water.
  5. Water boils at the same temperature every day.
  6. The more salt that is added to water, the cooler the salt water can be made with ice cubes.
  7. The lowest temperature that liquid water can be is 0 degrees C.
  8. Water with sugar dissolved in it evaporates more slowly than plain water.
  9. Water always evaporates at the same rate.
  10. The larger the quantity of water, the higher the temperatures at which the water will boil
  11. The dew point changes from day to day. *
  12. The longer the air conditioner is on, the lower the dew point will be in your home. *
  13. The rate of evaporation of water depends on the amount of surface exposed to the air
  14. The melting point of ice is the same as the freezing point of water.
  15. You can make matter change state by adding heat to it.

* For the dew point experiments, students can make an instrument to measure dew point.

  • a can with a shiny surface
  • ice cubes
  • a thermometer
  • a stirring rod or spoon

  1. Fill the can half full with water that is room temperature. Record the water temperature
  2. Add two or three ice cubes to the can and stir continuously with the stirring rod or spoon.
  3. Watch for moisture to form on the outside of the can, record the temperature of the water when the first moisture on the outside of the can occurs.


Element Facebook Project: Have students create a Facebook page for a particular element. Students should use what they know and/or learn doing research to determine such things as what information should be on the element's wall, who should they be "friends" with, who would they be in a "relationship" with (or maybe not in a relationship at all ie... Noble Gasses), etc.
You can find some ways to make a Fake Facebook page here.
Example Rubric
Example Rubric
Example Template

Element Symbol Project: Have students create posters using the element symbols to represent a concept in chemistry


Chemistry Website Projects: This website has some great projects for creating chemistry related websites. Student samples and rubrics are included. Click HERE to visit the website


How Big is A Mole: Project Description
This description gives extra credit for the creation of a separate Mol Day project. I gave extra credit for adding a 3D aspect to the posters.



Digital Lab Reports: Students use digital tools such as Movie Maker, Photostory, or iMovie to document lab results