Thanks in advance to anyone who replies to this... This is my first year, and I teach 9th grade physical science and am at the point in our curriculum where I am teaching my students about chemical reactions. Since we've already covered the periodic table, atomic structure, naming compounds, etc., I thought that this would be easy. Not so much. My kids simply can't grasp the concept of balancing equations. I've tried everything... days worth of practice problems, homework assignments (graded and not graded), YouTube videos. But nothing works. They still don't get it. Have any of you had this experience? Is there something I'm not doing? Is there a "magic bullet" lesson plan/activity out there? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!