Top 5 Books for your Classroom Chemistry Unit



Here are my top 5 books that you MUST include in your Classroom Chemistry unit!
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1) Zoey and Sassafras Dragons and Marshmallows


This is the PERFECT way to introduce your students to the scientific method! The book is written at a Guided Reading level N and is a quick read. This book is a great way to help students develop a deeper understanding of the steps of the scientific method and why we use them. I even created some FREE scientific method posters to accompany this book. Check them out for FREE here!

Find the book on amazon HERE!
Dragons and Marshmallows

Concepts Covered:

  • Scientific Method

2) The Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake

The Magic School Bus series is a classic for a reason! Students will learn all about chemistry while enjoying a funny, entertaining story with their favourite characters. I highly suggest reading this book and then doing some baking as a class, discussing the different chemical changes that students observe. Students are SO motivated by baking and it is super fun!

Concepts Covered:
  • Kitchen Chemistry
  • Changes of State
  • Chemical Reactions
You can find the book on amazon HERE!
The Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake: A Book about Kitchen Chemistry

3) Building Blocks of Matter - Mixtures and Solutions

This is a non-fiction informational book. This book would be PERFECT for students to use to research various mixtures and solutions. As an added bonus, the book includes several fun experiments that you could complete as a class to emphasize the information that they are learning!

Concepts Covered:
  • mixtures
  • solutions
  • dissolving
  • separating mixtures and solutions
  • air
You can find the book on amazon HERE!
Mixtures and Solutions

4) What is the World Made Of?

This book starts off in a really funny way, that will grab the interest of your budding scientists! Then it  describes the three states of matter in a way that is easy for kids to understand. The book ends by discussing the special properties of water and water's ability to easily change from a solid, to a liquid, to a gas. This book is an easy read for your upper elementary students and your English Language Learners will get a LOT out of it!


Concepts Covered:
  • Everything is made out of matter
  • 3 states of matter
  • A simple description and examples of each state
  • Special properties of water
You can find this book on amazon HERE!
What Is the World Made Of?: All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases

5) Chemistry Around the House

This informational book is written at a bit of a higher reading level. Lots of tricky vocabulary terms, such as catalyst are introduced. It would be super fun to do some of the experiments that are introduced in the book, in the classroom! Kids would love to bake cakes or clean pennies.


Concepts Covered:
  • Scientific Method
  • Everyday Chemistry
  • Experiments to Try
  • Atoms
  • Chemical and Physical Changes
You can find this book on amazon HERE!
Chemistry Around the House

So there you have it! My top 5 choices of books to use during your Classroom Chemistry Unit! I hope that you enjoy making these cross curricular connections and helping kids to see that chemistry is everywhere.

If you are looking for more Chemistry ideas, check out my blog post all about Spooky Chemistry by clicking HERE!

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Have a sweet week :)

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