Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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From: MARTINA FALCONER (tfalcone@comcast.net)
Date: Wed Jan 22 2003 - 21:09:06 EST

After watching the first videos I thought about some ways my
department does similar things that work for us in chemistry:

1. To introduce the atom we do a research project where each kid
researches someone involved in developing the model of the atom ( from
a Woodrow Wilson Workshop), we also have made models of some of the
most important experiments, like the Rutherford gold foil experiment,
that are hands-on for students to use. The research gets put together
into a class timeline and from that we build the concepts of the
modern atom.

2. On the periodic table we also research. Each students get one
element to adopt and must design an advertising campaign for that
element. On the research sheet they have to find various properties
and industrial uses. We assign elements 1-36. Once we have all the
advertising presented, we have the class form a living periodic table
and then we start having them read out certain properties to see if
they can perdict the trends. Works great! I also have this learning
game that uses playing cards to show how Mendeleev predicted missing
elements. If you are interested I can look up the name.

3. The wooden marble board works great on valence electrons and so
forth. I also have a formula rummy, but my rummy cards have corners -
two if the charge is +2, three if the charge is +3, while the negative
charges are indented. Molecules then "fit" together and students can
write formulas from that.After a while they no longer need the rummy

4. I also use the ballons and think they work best, but I aslo have
snap on ropes tied to a central ring and have students play terminal
atoms and try to maneuver themselves as far away from each other as
possible - fun!



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