Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:19 PM
Chem Reactions Resources
Chemical Reactions SciGuide provides a wealth of information and resources that are very useful in teaching and learning Chemistry concepts. There are four Themes - A World of Reactions, Matter and Energy, Rates of Chemical Reactions and Types of Reactions, each contains content article of concept presented with lesson resources, keyword descriptions of various website links for teachers and students, and additional resources like media, NSTA Resource Collections and Community Forums. Opening each of the themes will offer teachers more exciting and interesting ways of introducing and teaching chemistry concept to students. I very much like the NSTA Interactive activities specifically the “Identifying Products”. I utilized it to introduced Predicting Products of Chemical Reactions lessons to my students. I would like to see more variety to the different types of chemical equations. I enjoyed browsing through the list of Sites for Teachers and Students. There were really good website links that connects to simulations, interactive activities, tutorials, online quizzes and more. Unfortunately, I believe it needs updating because there were some links that were no longer working. The lesson plan includes multiple SciGuide Resources that address specific content with website links too. Then in each thematic page, one will find Other Resources which provides a SciGuide map. I realized that although most of the information in this SciGuide is geared towards grade levels 5-8, I find them appropriate to use in introducing difficult concepts to high school general chemistry students.