Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Introduction to High School Chemistry: Prior Knowledge of Matter. - Section 2: Engage/Warm-up

 

The process of brainstorming is a critical part of learning and often times difficult for students to do because they perpetually think they must have the right answer, or just plain and simply are afraid to be wrong.  So it may take a little practice or coaching to get students comfortable with letting go and writing down anything that comes to mind. In the beginning of the year I walk around and encourage them to write down the first thing that comes to mind.  This could be the word “ice cream” and I tell them that’s fine, just write it down.  I let them know that it’s just about taking thoughts and putting them on paper.  When students learn to brainstorm they begin to tap into prior knowledge and can begin to construct new meaning for old information.

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Introduction to High School Chemistry: Prior Knowledge of Matter.

Unit 1: Unit 1-The Atom
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Objective: TSWBAT summarize prior knowledge about matter based on middle school science standards.

Big Idea: Students perform a matter webquest recalling middle school chemistry concepts.

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