Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Identifying Organic Compounds in the Lab (Day 2 of 5) - Section 3: The Classroom Flow: Clean Up and Preparation


This lesson series worked very well in large part due to the shift my students I made in terms of time.  Starting the series with an equipment and procedure review day and then breaking up the four procedures using five samples into two days worth of activity and discussion made a huge difference in terms of attention, engagement, safety, and a critical analysis of data and best practices in the lab.  

By slowing down the process, the lab became more engaging, and more student voices came through at each lab table group.  I realize that at times it can be scary allowing for more 'loose' time that we feel won't be taken up with the actual lab procedure and could lead to off-task behavior.  In this case, because there were other portions of the lab to prepare for (bringing in their own samples, determining who would be in charge of what task for the actual report as well as for the next day's procedures), students were able to choose from a variety of activities that might appeal to them in the moment and that all advanced the work of the group today and in preparation for the days to come.  

I was so impressed with how my students took responsibility for their time and found that I mostly observed and checked in for clarifying questions.  I'd love to hear more about how you and your students use lab days for data collection and analysis check-ins!

  Adjustments to Practice: Scaffolding
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Identifying Organic Compounds in the Lab (Day 2 of 5)

Unit 4: Unit 4: Molecules of Life: Organic Chemistry
Lesson 2 of 15

Objective: Students will be able to identify proteins, carbohydrates, saccharides, and lipids in the lab.

Big Idea: 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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