Chemistry 20 has started to freak kids out!
This week, we completed our first unit of Chemistry 20: Molecular Bonding, and the kids were handed out the major (summative) project. It is my intentions to one day make this project be the formal assessment in the unit (instead of the exam) however, since it is only the second time I have done this project, I feel the assessment needs to be perfected first! The project asks students to create 3D structures of bonds, and explain how it is happening, and what forces are present behind the scenes. It is a very interesting project, as students are able to chose any molecule that may be of interest to them (I have seen 13 crystal meth models in the 2 classes that have actually done this project, lets hope these kids are more original).
Being away for volleyball on Friday, the students had plenty of work time for their project, as well as topic work. Hopefully they used their time appropriately. This week will be slightly altered (from the original schedule). Originally, I had the students writing their exam Tuesday. This does not make me feel comfortable, as I would like time to review the unit and allow students time to work on their projects. For this reason I will move the exam to Thursday and the project will be due Monday October 6.
Next week, we will begin the Gases unit of chemistry 20, which is basically a math unit. As long as students are able to manipulate formulas and extract understanding from lab results, they usually do well in this unit.
Coming up this week:
Review of unit topics
Complete Topic 1-5
Extra review from questions
Project work time
Ms. Mogck out @ ALP2 District Office
Project work time
Unit A Test
Intro to Gases Unit
Corrections for Exam
Project work time
Due dates to watch out for:
***PAST DUE: Chemical Bonding Lab***
Unit A Exam: Thursday Oct 2
Molecular Project Due: Monday Oct 6
Miss Mogck will be away Monday-Tuesday, attending a Inquiry Based Learning Professional Development Workshop. Students will be asked to work on their Scientists in Social Media project (which will be due Friday) and if they want to complete the rewrite of their science 10 open book review quiz, they are welcome to do so Tuesday. Basically, Monday-Tuesday will be work periods to catch up on work!
When Ms. Mogck returns Wednesday, we will be clearing up any questions or concerns on ionic bonding, and moving on to covalent (molecular) bonding. Thursday will mark the first lab in chem 20, which historically, students struggle with... this is ok! Lab reports will be returned full of comments and feedback, which will allow students to improve. (Remember, students are able to rewrite labs, however they will have to go through the necessary procedure; as per the science dept assessment policy). Friday we will be delving into VSEPR, or the geometry of molecules. This week will lead well into the final project for Unit A, which will be introduced next week.
Overall, sort of a boring week (sorry!) but important all the same! Reminder, it's picture day on Thursday! Look pretty!
This week in Chem 20
Monday: Work Period (Scientists in Social Media / Topic 1-2)
Tuesday: Work Period (Rewrite Quiz)
Wednesday: Molecular (COVALENT) Bonding (Topic 3)
Thursday: Ionic Molecular Lab (Due Thursday Sept 25)
Friday: Lewis and VSEPR Theory (Topic 4)
Due Dates to Come:
Scientists in Social Media Project due - FRIDAY SEPT 19
Topic 1-4 Quiz - TUESDAY SEPT 23
Ionic Molecular Lab due - THURSDAY SEPT 25
Second week of school brings SNOW!!! Nooooooooo!!!! Where did the nice weather go?!
This week in chemistry 20 we are finishing up the Science 10 Review (quick and easy!) and starting the use of FLEX time. Already, students are requesting extra help (which is amazing) and this flex time allows students to come in for additional tutorials without taking time out of their busy schedules! Monday was the first day, and most all the students used the flex time appropriately, working on homework from class. The science 10 review open book quiz will be Wednesday during class, and the quiz will be on Moodle, so students will be required to bring their computers to class! After the quiz, we will finally begin chemistry 20 curriculum! This begins with Chemical Bonding, which is basically a slight addition to what students learned in science 10; basically it explains the "why" of the bonding.
Chemistry 20 is about to get busy!!! Obviously the start up week is a gong show, so we will be focusing on science 10 review. That being said – it is a review, not a reteach! The review will go fast, and I will be asking students who don’t understand or don’t feel confident to come in for help and to do extra work (which can be found on moodle). That being said, many of the topics in chemistry 20 build off science 10 concepts and therefore there will be many opportunities to review these concepts throughout the semester as we move forward!
The plan for the week:
Tuesday - get to know each other, intro to chem 20, course outline and WHMIS
Wednesday – atoms and molecules, acids and bases
Thursday – chemical reactions
Friday – moles
Tuesday - Science 10 Review Quiz
Ms. Kendra Mogck