Reflection: High Quality Task Review Jeopardy for Unit 2: Electron Configuration & Bonding - Section 1: Why This Lesson?

 

Although I do give my students a Unit 2 Assessment Study Guide to complete as they review outside of class for the assessment, I have found that my students prefer to play a review game, such as the one included here, instead of having class time to work on the study guide.  During the first few years I was teaching chemistry, I counted the study guides as a homework assignment and collected and graded them.  It was tough to find enough hours in the day to grade all of my classes' study guides and get them returned with enough time before an exam for it to make a difference in my students' potential test scores!  Since then, I have stopped counting the study guide as an assignment and instead offer extra credit for its completion.  I allow students one class period to collaborate with their partners or lab groups to work on finding and confirming answers between each other.  I actually have more students complete the study guide AND more complete it accurately using this approach.  I do not give my students a large amount extra credit points for the study guide--it is the equivalent of half of a regular assignment.  And yet, because it is extra credit, students are more motivated to complete the task.  Better yet, because more of them do it (they only receive the extra credit if the entire thing is complete--I no longer check for accuracy, I just skim), I am seeing better scores on the end of unit assessments.  Having students take ownership of their learning as well as correcting themselves (and each other) is encouraging success in my classroom and removing dependency on me.

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Review Jeopardy for Unit 2: Electron Configuration & Bonding

Unit 2: Electron Configuration & Bonding
Lesson 9 of 9

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate proficiency and prepare for their end of unit assessment by working in teams to score points in a "Jeopardy" like setting.

Big Idea: Electron configurations help predict bond types; Bond types help predict chemical behavior of compounds.

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