We surveyed a bunch of organic chem professors, and this is what they told us. Go to www.aceorganicchem.com/organic-chemistry-elite-preview.html to see the site we created to help students with all of this in mind.
Periodic table with a fun twist! Student's always ask what is so-and-so element used in? This poster shows the answer to that question, making chemistry relevant. #chemistry #periodictable #scienceisfun
What Is a Chemical Reaction?: This chemistry demonstration is an example of a chemoluminescent reaction. Chemoluminescence results when a chemical reaction releases energy in the form of visible light.
If I were to teach to chemistry I think these activities listed would be enjoyable before the winter break. One of the links leads to a word document in which the Chemis-tree activity is turned into a project. This project in particular uses ideas we've implemented in our classroom such as allowing the students to choose what will be on their ornament that pertains to chemistry(i.e. model molecule, famous experiment, famous chemist, etc) There are also guidelines that emphasize observations.