Reflection: Joy Last Days of School: Diet Coke and Mentos and Dry Ice Fun - Section 1: Introduction

 

At my school there is always at least one day at the end of the semester where students are already done with finals, grades are already turned in, but we still have class.  Because students are not held accountable for what they do on these types of days I find it pretty challenging in terms of keeping students engaged.  

Many of my colleagues will show movies or just let students play on their cell phones, but I like to take this time to have some fun and get in some labs that we did not get to during the school year. Therefore, I always do some type of activity with students.  I find that if it is something that is fun for students that they will still come to class, have fun, and possibly learn some science.  

Because this is informal, I do not necessarily set up formal lab stations, have students write things down, or turn anything in.

Some examples of the activities that I have done are oobleck, slime, Diet coke and Mentos, and playing with dry ice.

  Keeping students engaged despite being done with grades
  Joy: Keeping students engaged despite being done with grades
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Last Days of School: Diet Coke and Mentos and Dry Ice Fun

Unit 9: Unit 10: Nuclear Chemistry and Final Exam Review
Lesson 8 of 8

Objective: Student will be able to explain what happens with Diet Coke/Mentos and the nature of dry ice by participating in various activities.

Big Idea: Science is about having fun as well as learning, even if the official school year is over.

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Science, Chemistry, Nuclear Chemistry, Diet Coke and Mentos, dry ice
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