Reflection: Joy Balancing Nuclear Equations - Section 2: Do Now/Activator


I realize after the fact that I missed a key opportunity for engagement in this lesson. Students love to watch themselves on video, and I filmed them modeling nuclear decay in a previous lesson. Coming back from vacation, it would have been smart of me to start class by showing these videos. They are fun, and watching them would have created joy in the classroom. Chemistry is a stressful class for many students because they find it rather abstract. I need to be more conscious of finding opportunities to have fun with my students.

  A missed opportunity
  Joy: A missed opportunity
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Balancing Nuclear Equations

Unit 9: Nuclear Chemistry
Lesson 9 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to write balanced nuclear equations for different types of nuclear decay.

Big Idea: Nuclear decay can be represented using balanced nuclear equations.

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