I designed the Chem guides so that my Physical Science students could make one as we reached that section of the material. This amounted to about one per chapter, so this bundle -- all pictorial instructions with accompanying written instructions -- is approximately a semester worth of material. Clearly, we did much more than this, but these guidebooks served as a foundation (whether in the form of practice or visual overview) for each concept.
Once we finished the unit, the guide was glued into the “pouch” for safekeeping. When it was time for the exam, I instructed my student to begin studying by laying the pouch out on the floor in front of them and studying from there; the entire semester was summarized before them.
Whether you are teaching Physical Science and want to use this to help your students as I did; Chemistry and you want to use some or all of these as a review or as foundational material (I have done that as well; Biology/Physics and you want to use this to preview the Chemistry material for their students (yep, I did that as well); or Middle School and you want to use parts of this to give concrete visuals to an abstract world (been there, done that), I hope it helps you and your students get more out of a subject matter that I love.
What is included:
- Cover page
- Pouch instructions
- Supply list for all of the guidebooks
- Atomic Theory Guidebook
- Balancing Chemical Equation Guidebook
- Covalent Bonds Guidebook
- Dot Diagram Guidebook
- Dot Diagram key
- Fundamental Forces in the Atom Guidebook
- Forces in the Atom Key
- Grouping the Elements Guidebook (group properties webquest)
- Grouping the Elements key
- History of the Atomic Theory Guidebook
- Ionic Bonds Guidebook
- Isotopes and Ions Guidebook
- Material in the Pouch Checklist
- Naming Ionic and Covalent Bonds Guidebook
- Parts of the Atom Guidebook
- Parts of the Atom key
- Periodic Properties Guidebook (webquest)
- Periodic Properties graphs (key)
- Periodic Properties data
- Polyatomic Ions List (for flash cards)
- Properties of Matter Guidebook
- Properties of Matter key
- Types of Chemical Reactions Guidebook
- Types of Chemical Reactions key
How is this different?
All of the instructions have the students writing most, if not all, of the information themselves in guidebooks. This can be time consuming, but it also servers as their notes and helps them to internalize the information better than just gluing a paper down.
All of the guidebooks are also intended to be made on manila folders (although you could change this) so that they last longer. Many of my students have held on to their guidebooks and used them year after year in different levels of Chemistry as a refresher.
Finally, all of the instructions are both visual and written.