Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Identifying Organic Compounds in the Lab (Day 1 of 5) - Section 3: The Classroom Flow: Preparation for the Lab


Many teachers have told me in the past that this classic lab can result in a very hectic classroom with lots of glass breakage and a frantic energy as students attempt to complete all of the complex tasks, data collection and recording, and clean up prior to the end of the class period.  This year, I decided to slow things down considerably and see if I could make it an experience we all enjoyed with content connections that lasted beyond the activity sessions.

By taking a class period to allow students to handle the equipment and discuss the functions and safety aspects of each laboratory material we would be using the next day, we were able to make the classroom a very calm and functioning space throughout this multi-day lesson series.

It is amazing to me just how engaging students find lab equipment to be!  They want to handle it, figure it out, describe potential, alternate uses for each piece and I found that as a result of this time to examine, touch, and explore, students were much more willing to do a full pre-lab session where they delved into the procedures we would be using and assigned roles for tasks based upon their individual strengths and curiousness about the lab.  I also had no broken glass!  I'd love to hear about the strategies you employ to get students involved in every aspect of lab experiences!

  Slowing Down for Better Learning Outcomes and Engagment
  Adjustments to Practice: Slowing Down for Better Learning Outcomes and Engagment
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Identifying Organic Compounds in the Lab (Day 1 of 5)

Unit 4: Unit 4: Molecules of Life: Organic Chemistry
Lesson 1 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, proteins, saccharides, molecule
  50 minutes
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