Reactions PDF


Reactions is a chemistry unit designed for families to use at home. It explores reaction rates, types of reactions, and chemical equations. Kids do real experiments while learning concepts. It is hands-on and written for a mentor to use with all ages of children from 6 to 18.


Reactions is the third unit in the Chemistry course. In this unit you will learn about chemical reactions, reaction rates, catalysts, composition, decomposition, single displacement, double displacement, and balancing chemical reactions.

This unit is not a textbook. It is a guidebook book full of lesson plans and resources for the mentor to design a course specifically for his or her students.

This unit has section on:

  • Chemical Changes
  • Rates of Reactions
  • Writing Chemical Equations
  • Types of Reactions

Learning By Doing

This is an activity and lab based curriculum, where you learn by doing. Here are a few of the activities to choose from in this unit:

  • Blow up a balloon with a chemical reaction
  • Add a little activation energy oomph to get a reaction that results in violets
  • Burn a sugar cube with the help of a catalyst
  • Use temperature to experiment with reaction rates
  • Observe a reaction, complete a foldable of reactants and products, eat s’mores
  • Learn to write a chemical equitation while experimenting with copper and sodium
  • Use manipulatives and a white board to learn how to balance chemical equations
  • Decompose sodium bicarbonate in a test tube
  • Plus much more!

Each Layers of Learning Science unit includes library lists of books, a family read-aloud suggestion, lab experiments, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess student’s progress and mastery. You can learn more about how Layers of Learning works in the Curriculum Guide. You may also want to purchase the Science Guidebook for even more information on how to teach and learn with Layers of Learning Science.

See Inside

Here is a two-page spread from Reactions:

Reactions spread


There are many different activities, pintables, and games in each unit. You get to design your student’s learning by choosing your favorites and reading books and watching videos on the topics presented in the unit.

The sidebars line the entire unit and help you take off on tangents, learn extra information, have deep discussions, coordinate with Writer’s Workshop, or find high interest books to hand to your child.


This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.

Reactions is also part of the overall Chemistry course, the third Year of the four year Layers of Learning Science cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you through the four branches of science from Earth & Space to Biology to Chemistry to Physics in a logical progression where skills are learned and then practiced and used. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit and in any order.

Printable Pack

This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.

You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning.

Reactions Printable Pack

Above, you see the cover and two of the Printable Pack pages. This Printable Pack includes 15 pages.

Extra Resources

This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the Chemistry Resources page.


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Cycle Year

Year Three

Product Type

Single Units




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