Chemistry

Nature of Science

As a new teacher, I am constantly trying to make my lessons better and more engaging. One topic that I find the most interesting is the nature of science. The only problem is, I am having a hard time adapting this to a chemistry classroom.

I am wondering if anyone has any ideas they could share with this topic.

Have you done a chemistry lesson over the nature of science? What went well? What didn't?

What advise would you give to a new teacher who wants to break out of the mold in the chemistry room?

Cameron Mackowski
Cameron Mackowski
515 Activity Points

Cameron - What level do you teach? 

I like to start the class with a nature of science survey. There's an example one here: http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/lessons/sci.tst.html 

Then I send my students to this resource: https://undsci.berkeley.edu/tour.php 

Then we reflect on the answers on the NOS survey to see how their perspectives have changed. 

 

Here are some extra resources you may find useful:

https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/subjects/science/practices-and-nature-of-science/ 

http://web.csulb.edu/colleges/cnsm/depts/scied/esla/documents/ESLA_Resources_Nature_of_Science.pdf

Emily Faulconer
Emily Faulconer
4660 Activity Points

Emily,

I teach chemistry at the high school level.

These resources are awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing them! I look forward to working with them a little so I can present them to my students!

Cameron Mackowski
Cameron Mackowski
515 Activity Points

Cameron,

 

I teach physical science and have had the same issue. I've adapted an investigation where students have to figure out the identity of an object in a box. Look up "black box lab". This can be applied to indirect observation in classical particle chemistry. 

 

Later on, I had adapted it for honors students where they had a closed box with a raised design on one side of the box.This could be made with hot glue and scraps. All they had to use as observational tools was a marble inside the box. Students would then roll around the marble to collect data on the design of one of the sides.

Jake Terlecki
Jake
895 Activity Points

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