Reflection: Positive Reinforcement Introduction to Specific Heat - Section 3: Data Graphing


As students were making their graphs, I was walking around the room providing feedback and praise.  I think back to the difficulty we had graphing earlier in the year.  Having taken the time to explicitly work on the skill as we worked through equilibrium really paid off on this assignment.

So many times we get caught up in our chemistry content, and not the skills students need to explore and understand the content.  By focusing and making students revisit their graphing skills, they showed tremendous growth in a short period of time.  I made a specific point of praising students and pointing this out as they worked.

Interpreting multi-line graphs is very important for our college bound students as it will be present for certain on the ACT science exam.  This activity gave them the chance to both make and interpret the graphs, building skills without doing a stop, drop, and test prep activity.

  Positive Reinforcement: Growth
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Introduction to Specific Heat

Unit 8: Calorimetry
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: SWBAT use experimental data to compare how four substances given the same amount of heat energy change temperatures at different rates.

Big Idea: Specific heat connects the amount of heat, the mass, and the temperature change of a substance.

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