As a middle school science teacher, I believe that my students deserve to experience learning science in innovative, creative ways. During this time in the world, education is being re-imagined, and we are finding new ways to engage, inspire, and motivate our students to learn and grow into their purpose.
Many of my students are classified as economically disadvantaged, yet they are eager to know what exciting activities they will experience in science class each day.
Although I do not have control over circumstances they may be experiencing outside of school, I know that I can make a difference by providing them with engaging, innovative, and real-world applications and activities in my classroom each day.
My students come to my class with different science experiences and backgrounds, and many are faced with barriers such as learning disabilities, language barriers, or lack of experiences and exposure to engaging science investigations and the use of technology. Regardless of these barriers, I am challenged with the responsibility of making sure each individual student receives the best learning experience so that they can be prepared for their next level of learning and their future careers.
My students are always excited to learn, especially when chemical reactions are involved. This project is to help ensure that there are enough chemicals for each group of student during our investigation.
This will be great review of chemical reactions and an opportunity for students to use critical thinking skills to determine and identify an unknown chemical.
The kit includes several know chemicals to make observations about the physical and chemical properties of each. It also includes well plates to make observations when mixing different combinations of chemicals. Once students make observations they will try to determine the identity of the unknown chemical based on previous observations. The gloves are needed for safety purposes.
I hope that this lab experience will provide a memorable experience and inspire students to pursue science fields in the future.
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