Chemistry for Waldorf Middle Schools - Grades Seven and Eight

A Compendium of Phenomenological Experiments - Teachers Reference Book

Robert H Sonner

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This rich resource comes from the authors' decades of creative teaching in Waldorf classrooms. This is a BIG book, (202 pages) full of insight and explanation of how to present phenomenological chemistry in grades 7 & 8. No Waldorf class teacher should be without this book. It makes all teaching in Chemistry possible!

This spiral bound book will lay flat on your desk as a reference while teaching and includes:

  • Biographies of noteworthy chemists and watershed bearers of new ideas in the history of chemistry and modern scientific thinking;

  • Illustrations in full color suitable for Blackboard drawings and Main Lesson Book illustrations;

  • Cautionary notes in RED for safety consciousness;

  • The authors thoughts about why we teach what we teach and what an experiment can illuminate;

  • Anecdotes from the Waldorf school history;

  • Child development hints about why Waldorf schools teach chemistry in grades 7 & 8;

  • Clear descriptions of experiments;

  • Listings of necessary equipment and chemicals;

  • Full color illustrations throughout.

Teaching Physics and Chemistry

Ages 12/13/14

Roy Wilkinson


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A remarkably comprehensive and concise detailing of the subject matter and methods to be used for science blocks in Waldorf 7th and 8th grades. Includes instructions for demonstrations and experiments, along with explanatory line drawings.

Contents include:

  • Introduction
  • Sound
  • Light and Colour
  • Heat
  • Magnetism and Electricity
  • Mechanics
  • Hydraulics
  • Pneumatics
  • Meteorology and Climatology
  • Combustion
  • Salts and Salt-Formation
  • The Metals
  • The Organic World
  • The Nature of Substance

A Demonstration Manual for Use in the Waldorf School Seventh Grade Chemistry Main Lesson

Mikko Bojarsky

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This is the most practical, hands-on, sure-to-convey-the-lesson chemistry curriculum guide published within the Waldorf movement to date. Mikko Bojarsky isn't just another science master teacher -- he is also a master at teaching teachers what they need to know in order to teach their students effectively. The straightforward clarity of his presentation takes you right into a classroom filled with lively (and not always attentive) students and gives you everything you need to make the lesson come alive in their eyes (and grab the attention of those not always committed to study).

Although written for class teachers in a school setting, these lessons can be just as effective (and just as do-able) in a homeschool setting.

Bojarsky covers:

  • Introduction
  • Chemistry in the Seventh Grade
  • Presenting Demonstrations and Working with Chemicals includes safety, rehearsing, dangerous experiments, equipment, handling acids and bases, disclaimer, concentration of solutions, abbreviations
  • Combustion Includes suggestion for opening poems, burning materials, igniting a fire with magnesium firestarter, making a bonfire, kindling temperature, burning powdered metals, colored flames, water and alcohol, dramatic combustion of alcohol, fire needs air, exploding paint can, smoke bomb, exploding mixtures of hydrogen and oxygen
  • The Candle Includes: how it burns and why the wax doesn't melt the candle rim and run over the sides; experiments with the flame; igniting the vapors; a jumping flame; making sooty flame; split candle flame; charcoal; sulfur and more
  • Water Includes the water cycle, water as solvent; water as catalyst; purifying salt; expanding as it freezes; evaporation and condensation; distillation
  • Salts and Crystal Formation Includes examining salts, crystals from table salt; precipitation of potassium sulfate crystals; epsom salts; silicate fairy garden; crystallization of sodium acetate; growing fluffy white crystals on charcoal; growing crystals from alum
  • Acids and Bases Includes tasting acids and bases; their properties; cabbage juice indicator; observing color changes; smoke is acidic; ash is basic; making bases directly
  • The Lime Cycle Includes preparing carbon dioxide and carbonic acid; calcium carbonate; the lime kiln; adding carbon dioxide to limewater; adding hydrochloric acid to marble; soaking an egg in vinegar; contrasting mineral water and limewater as acid and base; making insoluable bases
  • Making Salts Includes preparation of hydrochloric acid; sodium hydroxide; making sodium chloride; their reactions; neutralizing vinegar with milk of magnesia; making calcium chloride and ammonium chloride; splitting another salt into an acid and base
  • The Metals
  • Appendix 1: Where to obtain materials

A Demonstration Manual for Use in the Waldorf School Eighth Grade Chemistry Main Lesson

Mikko Bojarsky

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As excellent for eighth grade as his previous demonstration manual is for seventh grade, Mikko Bojarsky continues to enliven and enlighten chemistry in the upper grades. This book contains step-by-step instructions for over 60 simple, tested demonstrations; engaging experiments that awaken student interest in chemistry; an explanation in non-technical language for each demonstration; activities for students to do themselves; safety tips; many demonstrations found in no other chemistry manual.

An Overview of the Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Carbohydrates
  • Sugar
  • Starch
  • Cellulose
  • Proteins
  • Fats and Oils
  • Cosmetics
  • Concluding Demonstrations
  • Vitamins
  • Resources

An outstanding resource - recommended with unreserved enthusiasm!

The Wonders of Waldorf Chemistry

from a teacher's notebook grades 7-9

David S. Mitchell



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This practical book covers chemistry in grades 7 through 9. There are descriptions of demonstrations, experiments, and clear step-by-step procedures for the class teacher. Thoroughly illustrated, there are twenty-five short biographies of men and women scientists.

Fundamentals for a Phenomenological Study of Chemistry

Frits H. Julius



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This book is the second volume of Frits Julius· study of chemistry. It is a general introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry. Topics include: indications for teaching chemistry, the study of phosphorus, the cycle of limestone in water, a discussion of sodium, sugar as a balanced substance, the concept of dissociation, and much more.

Chemistry Colloquium

AWSNA High School Research Project #2 March 2000

Spiral Bound


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This book represents the efforts of the AWSNA High School Research Project to further develop and strengthen a phenomenological chemistry curriculum in Waldorf high schools. The participants present their thinking on the chemistry curriculum in grades 9-12, the expectations of colleges and universities for high school graduates, sample curricula for Waldorf high schools, and several recommendations for teachers. Additional relevant papers are in the Addendum.