Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Can You Judge a Powder by its Color? - Section 4: Connecting the Learning


Students commented that they felt like they were really chemists as they evaluated the different powders. This is great to hear from middle school students. 

What I love most about teaching middle school students is their demand for relevance. They keep me on my toes. With each lesson, I ask myself, "How can I connect the big ideas in science to middle school students? How do I make the lesson relevant?"  

When students came into the classroom at the beginning of Day 2, they immediately began to work - yes, even before the bell rang. They wanted to know the answer and were demonstrating intrinsic motivation.


  I want to know the answer
  Intrinsic Motivation: I want to know the answer
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Can You Judge a Powder by its Color?

Unit 4: Chemistry
Lesson 6 of 7

Objective: SWBAT make observations of powders and use the information to identify the composition of mixture of mystery powders

Big Idea: Can you identify each of the three white powders in a mystery mixture?

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