Reflection: Accountability Periodic Table Scavenger Hunt - Section 3: Scavenger Hunt

 

Every teacher has a day when they just need quiet practice time.  Some days it is to grade papers, some times it is due to feeling under the weather, and some times it is simply to ensure students are doing their own work.

The setup in my classroom of 7 student tables of four students each often leads to both intentional and unintentional group think.  Even when split into pairs using the 7 lab tables, this can still occur.  By requiring quiet individual work, and rewarding it at the end, this activity gives students a break from each other, and puts them on the spot to apply their learning.  The safety of being able to use their notes helps any anxiety or paralyzing helplessness.

Since so much of what I do in class is cooperative, this also introduces a touch of competition for the first time.  I wanted to see how students might respond to the chance to win a prize, and was honestly a little disappointed.  I thought students would really push through and use their notes to try to come out on top.  Over my 105 students, about 40 did less than half the problems, and had to be censured for trying to work with their table mate and/or just copy from their table mate.

In my four classes, the students unanimously selected a treat prize over the chance for extra credit on the next quiz.  This may be due to confidence in their abilities after just winning, but also shows a lack of understanding how extra credit might have fixed a previous or later quiz that they were less confident in.

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Periodic Table Scavenger Hunt

Unit 2: Periodic Trends and Bonding
Lesson 3 of 13

Objective: SWBAT use the periodic table to find elements, determine the number of particles in an atom of the element, and determine the type of element.

Big Idea: Independent review using student resources cements understanding of the organization and uses of the periodic table.

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Science, Chemistry, Bohr Model, electrons (Bonding), periodic table, bonding
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