Esters: An Introduction to Organic Chemistry Reactions

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Scratch and sniff an introduction to organic chemical reactions. A creative lesson has individuals study the esters commonly used in scratch-and-sniff stickers and advertisements. Following the lab procedure, scholars create the organic chemical reactions that result in these esters.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast organic and inorganic reactions
  • Conduct a blind study to determine if pupils can identify the ester based on smell
Classroom Considerations
  • The experiment requires pupils to work with acid; ensure they follow safety procedures
Pros
  • Uses an engaging approach to introduce learners to organic chemical reactions
  • Provides a specific procedure for groups to follow
Cons
  • Does not provide discussion or conclusion questions to connect the learning back to the chemical reactions