Inquiry Based Ionic Compounds Lesson

Sat, 2011-10-01 14:48 -- Mike Newnham

I am so excited about the lesson I conducted this morning! Engagement. Learning. Oh, so great.

I spent approximately 2 hours yesterday preparing this lesson. I createda word document with a variety of elements represented in Lewis DotDiagram format, arrows, regular element symbols along with charges andnumbers that could be used to create the ionic compound formulae. Then Iprinted out enough copies to have 5 groups going at a time so that theycould work in smaller groups to manipulate the pieces and learn fromeach other. The elements that become positive ions were blue and thenegatives were pink - this because I gave them a periodic table to keepin their binders that is blue and many of them coloured the non metalspink when looking at the periodic table in the back of their textbooks

So this morning we went into a larger classroom that I had booked sothat they would have the space to work. It seemed a bit harder to getthem to settle down to give instructions, but the space was nice tohave. I demoed the use of the manipulatives once for them and then askedthem to get into groups of 3-4 (so that there were 5 groups). I gave
them a set of the papers and then asked every group to create the samecompound. I would give them time to work on it and go around andobserve, scaffolding where necessary. It was great to see them soengaged and to see the ones that understood it well teaching their peersand helping them through the process. I wish I'd had my camera with me.

Anyway, at this point I am rambling and if you have read this far, Ithank you for sharing in my joy. Hopefully the fun continues in theweeks to come! Next, polyatomic compounds!

Thank you Smarter Science (and a couple of my colleagues) for the inspirations behind this lesson!


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