Many of my students come from low-income households whose parents work in the fields. To them, finishing high school is the first important step toward securing a better life in the future.
My students are motivated to acquire valuable learning experiences that would put them on equal footing with other kids in better communities.
These kids are willing to work hard. They know that their effort will make a difference. Our school is supporting them all the way to make sure they get a well-rounded education that would prepare them to be college and career ready.
My students always can't seem to hold their excitement whenever I announce that we are going to do a lab activity in Chemistry. It's totally understandable because Chem has a mix of abstract science and math concepts not easily appreciated by energetic high school kids.
With hands-on activities, my students can release their physical and mental energies by interacting and learning from each other.
They have the opportunity to understand the challenging concepts by using manipulatives and experimenting.
The lab supplies will be used for the units on the periodic table, the mole, and nuclear chemistry. The periodic table adventure will be a fun way to learn about the elements and how the periodic chart is organized. Students will work with large cards printed with information about the elements and play games to build their knowledge about atomic structure and recurring chemical properties of elements. These cards can be referenced throughout the year to help reinforce the kids' knowledge of element facts. The mole in the bag and pocket scales will help explain the mole concept, Avogadro's number, and molar mass. The actual elements and compounds in the bags will be examined and weighed by students, leading them to ask inquiry questions like "How big is a mole? How much does a mole of a substance weigh? Why do we have to use moles?"
The radioactive source kit will be used along with the Vernier radiation probes we already have to detect and compare different radiation types. For example, students will see that paper can shield against alpha radiation while gamma rays are not easily blocked.
With these tools, Chem doesn't seem to be as complex and the learning experience becomes more meaningful. My students and I can do real science and say "Yes we can, in Chem!"
|Radioactive Source Set • Sargent-Welch||$212.40||5||$1,062.00|
|The Periodic Table Adventure • Sargent-Welch||$23.99||10||$239.90|
|Ohaus Pocket Scale-300x.05G • Sargent-Welch||$54.00||3||$162.00|
|Mole In The Bag Scholar Inquiry • Sargent-Welch||$21.65||2||$43.30|
Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.View complete list Show less