Reflection: Rigor (Gum)droppin' Knowledge about Atoms and Molecules - Section 1: Engage


"Guess My Rule" is a game in which one person thinks up and gives examples of a rule, pattern, or criteria for sorting, calculating, etc, and the player(s) try to discover the rule from the examples.

When you play this for the first time, simplicity is key. Start by grouping together a few objects that have something in common, such as size or color.  Have your students guess the "rule" you used to group the objects. (For example, they are short, they are red, etc. To help your students figure out the rule, they can think of an object that is not in the group and ask if it belongs. You (the teacher) can only can only answer "yes" or "no".

Once students get the hang of how the game is played, you can move to more advanced applications. Instead of having your students guess how simple items are alike, you can provide number pairs and the students have to guess the operations each pair has in common, or you could provide items and have students guess the scientific process that is used to turn one item into another.  For an extra challenge, teachers can put students in charge of creating sets and the "rule" they have in common, as well as presenting them to their peers during a game.

This is a great game that requires higher order thinking, is easily manageable in a class setting, and has a wide variety of applications!

  Guess My Rule
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(Gum)droppin' Knowledge about Atoms and Molecules

Unit 7: Chemistry and Cooking
Lesson 1 of 12

Objective: SWBAT differentiate between atoms, molecules, elements, and compounds. SWBAT construct models of molecules.

Big Idea: Atoms and molecules are tiny structures that make up just about all matter—including you!

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Atomic Structure and Bonding, Science, Chemistry, Elements / Periodic Table, cooking instructions, Atoms, molecule, element, compound, gamification
  65 minutes
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