Reflection: Checks for Understanding Bonding - Flipped - Section 3: Explore


Individual checks for understanding can be time consuming, but are a necessary part of classroom instruction.  I use individual checks for understanding during this lesson to make sure that each student knows how to create a Bohr model.  I try to keep the check simple, enough to see that the students understand the basics about the energy levels.  This check also helped me catch a few students who were incorrectly writing element symbols. The use of M&Ms allows for some differentiation because I can give students enough M&Ms to challenge their thinking and require them to use at least two energy levels while not overwhelming the students.  The use of the M&Ms also staggers the completion rates of the students because students only begin working on the models as they receive their M&Ms.  Generally, by the time I have handed out the M&Ms to all of the students, the students who received their candy first are finished.  Once students have demonstrated their understanding of the process, they are able to begin working on their homework while I work with students who are struggling. With my largest class being a group of 28 students, I was able to check each student's work without feeling rushed and having the time to stop and guide struggling students through the process.

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Bonding - Flipped

Unit 2: Chemistry
Lesson 6 of 19

Objective: SWBAT describe ionic and covalent bonds as well as create Bohr models.

Big Idea: In this lesson students review flipped notes about ionic and covalent bonds before creating their own Bohr models.

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