Reflection: Student Ownership Identifying Organic Compounds in the Lab (Day 4 of 5) - Section 2: The Classroom Flow: Student-Designed Explorations


Today's lesson was an overwhelming success!  Students were committed to their work, interested in the outcome, collaborating in meaningful ways, and connecting their findings to the broader picture of organic compounds.  Turning over the lab to them in terms of bringing in their own substances for testing had a huge impact on the overall experience of my students as drivers of their own learning.  

My administrator came to observe this lesson and commented that as a former science teacher, she remembered this lab being quite 'hectic' and stressful.  We both agreed that this was not the case here:  there was something so interesting to the students about working with substances of their own choosing that connected concepts in a way that they continue to bring up in the course of our class discussions well into the Spring semester.  

Although time is always an issue as a classroom teacher, I feel that extending this lab to include today's work is an integral part of the overall experience and one that I will be working with again next year.  

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Identifying Organic Compounds in the Lab (Day 4 of 5)

Unit 4: Unit 4: Molecules of Life: Organic Chemistry
Lesson 4 of 15

Objective: Students will be able to identify proteins, carbohydrates, saccharides, and lipids in the lab.

Big Idea: Get your students acquainted with organic compounds in their everyday lives using this engaging lab activity!

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Science, Organic and Biochemistry, Life Science/Biology, carbohydrates, inquiry, lipids, saccharides, proteins, molecule
  50 minutes
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