ISOMERS: Worksheets and Molecular Model Lab Activity (Focus on Stereoisomers)
Thalidomide was a medication that was designed to reduce the effect of morning sickness. Tragically no one could have guessed that a simple mirror twin molecule of thalidomide could cause some of the worst birth defects ever recorded. This lab activity is about ISOMERS but with a focus on a branch of isomers called stereoisomers. These isomers differ only in their spatial arrangement of atoms and were once thought to have little effect on their chemical nature – boy were we wrong!
This activity includes worksheets that work well if students can use molecular model kits to help them visualize the structures of these compounds. So I call this a lab because it is a hands-on activity which probably should be done using the molecular moldel kits and in collaborative groups.
A word about ‘Zip Labs’: Horizontal & Vertical Lesson Planning
In general, Zip Labs are science and math activities broken down into ‘horizontal and vertical’ educational increments. By ‘horizontal’ increments I mean each activity can be completed in a minimum of 60 minutes. However, the teacher, and/or student may choose to extend the activity over a longer time period or even days. By ‘vertical’ increments I mean each activity is broken down into segments according to grade and difficulty level. So teachers and/or students can decide where to start and how far to go with the topic.
Each Zip Lab includes potentially much more than any teacher will use at the particular grade level he or she may teach. However, it is my hope that teachers, and students, at lower grade levels will gain valuable insight by looking ahead to see how their teaching/learning will be applied in the future. While teachers and students at higher grade levels can reflect on topics that they should have learned in earlier grades. It is my hope that students see their education as a continuum rather than a series of disconnected and random topics.
Zip Labs include diagrams and illustrations that I hope are appealing to a wide range of ages. However, teachers can choose to omit them if they like. Also included is a Common Core ‘Depth of Knowledge’ (DOK) and grade level range ‘sliding’ indicator to help students visualize the relevance of their work.
New in this activity, optional QPA, (Quality Performance Assessment) ‘Stamps’ for Competency Based grading as well as differentiated lesson planning!
ISOMERS: Worksheets and Molecular Model Lab Activity (Focus on Stereoisomers) Chemistry, Physical Sciences, and College-Level Classes: What you get…
~ 9 pages
Isomer flow chart
Advanced activities for advanced students, differentiated learning activities, QPA’s and
Optional Competency Grading
-Depth of Knowledge and Grade Level Slide Indicator Graphics
This unit activity meets or exceeds 21st Century and STEM learning expectations, and Common Core learning outcomes. Note: although ZIP-labs fulfill many CCSS, specific CCS standards are not listed because ZIP-labs are designed to be used over many graded levels so the specific CCSS may be different depending upon these factors. For a list of CCSS in your state please visit- www.corestandards.org
New – Integrated Holistic QPA, (that’s Quality Performance Assessment) created by me! This activity requires NO RUBRICS! The rubric is integrated into the activity itself. Much less work for you and far more meaningful to your students.
Working to change STEM to STEAM.