Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:39 PM
Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding
Upon completion of the SciPacks, "Chemical Reactions" and "Atomic Structure", I ventured into the SciGuide associated with the SciPacks and found a treasure chest of useful science teacher resources. The guide is divided into 3 main themes: interaction of matter, description of matter and classification of matter. Each theme is further broken down into four subthemes. To learn about a topic, I simply clicked on the theme/subtheme and a collection of worksheets, lab activities, games, websites, tutorials, and animations were at my fingertips. For me, I am always looking for supplementary materials to use as guided practice and for innovative lab ideas. For example, when I clicked on balancing equations, there was an activity where the students use color coded index cards with the reactants, products and coefficients to balance equations in a cooperative learning setting. Another example lab activity used a copper sulfate solution to determine percent yield and relative error. Each topic has mulitple resources to assist any teacher wiling to search and print the resources.
I was highly impressed with the quantity and quality of the resources in the SciGuide. In additioin, I was happy to find everything well organized and arranged in one place, so I can pin point the things useful to me. I will use the SciGuide in my lesson preparation and I will recommend it to other teachers.