My students are eighth graders in an urban district located in Massachusetts. Many of my students are bilingual, speaking Spanish at home and English (or learning English) at school. The district I teach in offers nearly 100% free or reduced lunch, meaning many of my students live at or below the poverty line.
Despite economic challenges, my students are resilient, curious, and incredibly interested in science.
I believe that given the opportunity, I have future physicians, physical therapists, geneticists, zoologists, microbiologists, nurses, chemists, and ecologists (to name a few) sitting in my classroom. I don't teach in a world class school building, but I do teach motivated students who want to make themselves and their parents proud and become the most successful generation in their family.
The digital scales will be used in the classroom to measure salt, baking soda, active yeast, borax, and sugar, for example. Specific amounts of these materials will be used to observe chemical reactions.
Students will begin to understand the physical properties of substances, as well as study the concept of conservation of mass during a chemical reaction.
Students will use several skills, including working collaboratively, becoming familiar with units, and gaining an appreciation for the precision necessary in a chemistry lab. Students will soon recognize the difference between 2.0 grams, 20 grams, or 200 grams.
Students love the engaging, hands on learning associated with lab activities.
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