10 Chemicals that Changed History Reading


This is an ENGAGING reading about the top 10 chemicals that have changed the course of human history – from penicillin to plastic.

Grades 7 and Up

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Students will learn:

  • How penicillin increased the average lifespan by 8 years.
  • How salt is considered to be the reason that civilizations could even begin.
  • That plastic is made from fossil fuels.
  • That silicon is responsible for any device that “thinks”.
  • Plus 6 more highly influential chemicals!

In this activity, students will:

  • READ the article Top 10 Chemicals that Changed Human History
  • ANSWER text-dependent follow-up questions. No prior knowledge is required!

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