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1) Atoms and Molecules2) Macro to Micro Structures 3) Energetics and Dynamics 4) Theory and Practice in Chemical Systems 5) Chemical Design 6) The Chemistry of Life 7) Chemistry and the Environment 8) Chemistry at the Interface
 
From: Maria Lester (alester@chesterfield.k12.va.us)
Date: Mon Mar 10 2003 - 16:04:37 EST


Do you have any ideas for the measuring projects?

Thanks!
maria

-----Original Message-----
From: channel-talkchemistry-admin@learner.org
[mailto:channel-talkchemistry-admin@learner.org]On Behalf Of Susan
Aycock
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2003 10:29 AM
To: channel-talkchemistry@learner.org
Subject: Re: [Channel-talkchemistry] Chemistry of life

The sequence you sent is the one that I have found works best in the years
that I have taught chemistry and physical science. In reply to those who do
not like to start off with measuring and math, my kids have great fun with
measuring projects!
-Susan Aycock

<<< tfalcone@comcast.net 3/ 5 5:27p >>>
MessageWe have one common topic sequence at my school:
1. inital safety /equipment stuff (a couple of days)
2. atoms and nuclear chemistry
3. periodic tables/electrons/
4. bonding/molecules/formulas
5. stoichiometry/moles
6. gases
7. liquids and solids/solutions/acid/base
8. organic
9. biochem

Tina
Seems to work well for us, we usually get through number five by semester.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Kathryn Aday
  To: 'channel-talkchemistry@learner.org'
  Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2003 8:52 AM
  Subject: RE: [Channel-talkchemistry] Chemistry of life

  I too am interested in a topic sequence. I have been teaching chemistry
for many years. I have tried many different sequences. The other chemistry
at my school has a different philosophy from me and we seem to be at odds
over this. Input from everyone would really be appreciated.

  Thank you.
  Kathryn
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Jeff Bulgrin [mailto:jbulgrin@stvm.com]
    Sent: Monday, March 03, 2003 3:22 PM
    To: channel-talkchemistry@learner.org
    Subject: Re: [Channel-talkchemistry] Chemistry of life

    You mentioned that you don't start off the year with moles. What IS
your sequence of topics? I'm a first-time chem teacher (also teaching bio &
physics too) and I dislike starting off with lots of math, but I haven't
thought of a better way to do it. Any suggestions?

    ----- Original Message -----
      From: Fiona Rae
      To: channel-talkchemistry@learner.org
      Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2003 12:42 PM
      Subject: [Channel-talkchemistry] Chemistry of life

      First a comment on the effective classroom strategies. I certainly
need to keep hearing these and see what I can improve on, and what is
slipping. I started "math buddies" this year when a started moles. Happily
we don't teach moles at the beginning of the year and so the students are
comfortable with the class environment by the time we hit that place in the
curriculum. I have found that the weaker students will be pulled up by a
having a math buddy to check homework answers or hearing a different
explanation in kid terms while they work on problems in class. The student
also doesn't have to wait until I help three other students en route to
them. So far I like what is happening in class. I definitely have fewer kids
in crisis mode right now!
      On to the video. I don't have the bio background to draw from for the
Chem of Life so will have to do some reading. However even the cereal demo
showing the iron at the beginning of the year would be a great way to start
them talking about everyday chemistry. "Look at what you are eating!" The
reference to drugs affecting the body's equilibrium, and in acids and bases,
with poisoning, how diluting is not enough, are both very interesting as
teenagers are well aware of both (peers, and babysitting). I have tried the
reb cabbage indicators and found it to be great. (The blackberries and
blueberries may be too tempting a snack for some though.)
      Just as I start reactions and how chemists are always looking for
ractions to make new or better products I need to bring in that idea of the
very best selective reactions having no byproducts. Perhaps if I send the
students away to mull over the question of what makes the best reaction...?
      I think that if I could get a quick synopsis of what the students do
in bio I would have been better prepared for this video. It's all in the
connections they make.
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