The "teacher friendly" format allows the busy chemistry teacher the ability to provide a hands-on learning environment with little teacher preparation time and few materials.Labs can be used in direct instruction, project-based learning units, part of a learning cycle or as an assessment.
Warm-up to engage
Lab to explore
Literacy activity for explanation
Lab Quiz for formal/informal evaluation
Follow with inquiry/problem lab for a performance assessment!
Students pick up their papers for the day as they enter the room.
Student read lab background and answer specified conclusion questions.
Background serves as "essential content" information for the day.
Students on task at the start of class! Teacher can take attendance.
Lab Make-up sheets are photocopied (set of 20) and placed into a large 3-ring binder.
Binders are labeled 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Nine Weeks
Labs are placed between dividers and in order of Content Lab Syllabus
Students are responsible for picking up lab sheet!
Use as an exit slip - formal/informal assessment.
Next day warm-up - review/assess prior knowledge.
Use as a scheduled quiz or pop quiz.
Lab Quiz on one side and a writing assignment or worksheet on the other side and you have Bell to Bell instruction!
Teacher Set-up Notes:
Use teacher set-up notes to package the lab as a kit.
Give student helper teacher notes to set up lab using the kit.
Use teaching tips to guide discussion before, during and after lab.
Do it once and use it for years to come!
Lab Answer Key:
Lab answer key is highlighted for specific answers.
A check place by each answer to be graded.
Front of lab sheet states the number of points deducted for wrong answer.
Lab key is used by teacher or helper.
Make Your Own Kit: Many of the labs provided in binders 1 and 2 can be set up as a kit made from materials readily available from the chemical storeroom or from the dollar store, Wal-mart, Lowes, etc.
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