Reflection: Classroom Setup Mixtures: Characteristic Properties - Reteach/Extend - Section 5: Extension


Inquiry labs are much harder to manage than regular labs with straightforward procedures. However, they are also a great way for students to feel in control of the investigation and they make the scientific method feel alive to students.  

To manage an inquiry lab, especially one set-up with glassware and heating equipment, you need to already have strong norms in the classroom. You should never just turn students loose with materials and fire and no rules.  I remember one teacher that I was working with let the students choose liquids to test boiling point with. One young boy said, "Any liquid?" The boy left the room with an empty flask and came back with a flask of urine to test! Luckily this wasn't dangerous just slightly inappropriate.  

The key to making sure that the community stays a learning community is to keep the focus on the learning and the point of the lab. This is a nice introductory lab because there are a limited number of ingredients and equipment and everyone has the same objective. As students mature both in behavior and learning, they can take on more and more complex and interesting projects.  

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Mixtures: Characteristic Properties - Reteach/Extend

Unit 8: Mixtures: Characteristic Properties
Lesson 11 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to review their knowledge about characteristic properties and use that knowledge in an authentic lab situation.

Big Idea: What is the substance? How do you know?

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Science, game, density, solids, liquid, gas, mixture, property
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