In this lesson students review concepts from Unit 2 through playing a Periodic Table Poker game and completing a review study guide.
This lesson aligns with the following Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
To help students review for the exam I have them play Periodic Table Poker. This is a game that a graduate student and I developed several years ago with the goal of having students review the parts of the periodic table.
For each group I provide the following:
I instruct students to, "Have one student read the rules out loud to the rest of the group, have another student set up the scorecard, and a third student begin to set up the two card piles."
As students are doing this I walk around and make sure that all students understand how to play the game and that the game is set up correctly.
This video shows how the game works in terms of the set up and rules.
As students complete the game I have them raise their hands and I collect the scorecard. I usually have a treat to give to the winner of each game. I then give them the Unit 2 Exam Review to begin working on.
As students complete their game I pass out the Unit2 Exam Review which I have them work on either by themselves or with one partner.
I tell students that all of the information on the review is from their notes, activities, and labs.
I encourage students to use their binders and partners for help if they have questions and as a last resort to ask me for help.
As students are working I walk around to double check their answers and make sure that they are not simply copying from each other.
I expect all students to have the review completed after an hour and I stamp for completion. I then review the answers with students using the answer key.
After the Periodic Table game most students do well on the questions dealing with the Periodic Table. Students also do well on the questions dealing with Bohr models and electron configuration because those are from more recent material. The questions that most students need help with are those dealing with molar conversions and the history of the atom.
If students are done with the review before their peers I stamp and then have them work on studying on their own and making sure that their binders are organized for the binder check which I do with their exam. For more details about binder checks see the Binder Check Reflection in Unit 1 lesson 8.