Chemistry is Life Project
by Valerie A. Henderson
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This is a bundle of resources for a project called: Chemistry is Life. Included in the bundle document:
Specific Common Core Standards Assessed by this project.
Project Assessment Rubric
Project introduction prezi link
Instruction screencasts for creating infographics
Guided notes template for students to use while completing the proejct
Help with teaching students how to research (screencast and resource documents)
The goal of this project is to make chemistry relevant to students' lives by having students research how chemistry relates to a topic which interests them and create an infographic to share with the class.
The project is technology-based. Students choose a topic they are interested in and spend time in class researching the chemistry of their topic. They can choose to research chemistry content we have previously studied or content they hope we study in the future. They synthesize their research by creating an infographic which they will present to the class.
This project can take 2 days to 1 week of class time depending on the length of periods (mine are 80 minutes each period) so two days in my classroom is like 4 days in a classroom with 45-minute periods. It also depends on the level you want your students to research. If you are asking them to read scientific articles, it will take longer.
Overall, my students like this project because it allows them to make the learning their own and allows them to make direct connections between chemistry and their lives. In addition, the in-class presentations are their favorite part because they get to learn about their peers. It is a community-building project.
I have students complete this project after studying chemical rections. For me, it goes in between chemical reactions and stoichiometry. It could be taught at any point in the chemistry course.