As you prepare to move into balancing equations and stoichiometry, students who can’t identify monatomic and diatomic elements, acids, or tell the difference between ionic and covalent compounds are really at a disadvantage that they may never overcome. You talk chemistry and they hear gibberish. You hand them a reaction and they can’t even begin to balance it because they can’t write it. They literally don’t know what you are talking about.
A worksheet doesn’t do the job because students don’t know if they are correct or not and by the time they’ve completed it, they’ve learned it wrong so thoroughly that you can hardly break them of it. This interactive, feedback right now method will give you quick results and no thick stack of miserable work to grade.
This activity sort can be used in many ways and with different sized groups. You can use it to drive understanding, have students sort specific groups as review or a quiz, have them take out only the formulas and write the names, etc. I also use it to have a strong student teach a student that is struggling. Nothing compares to the results you can get with a peer tutor. It is also easy to differentiate.
This product is designed for pre-AP or honors level chemistry but can be easily modified for on-level chemistry.
The sort is copied on four colors of paper: categories, definitions, chemical formulas and chemical names. The product is designed for students who have learned most of the essential polyatomic ions, 6 essential acids, and five common valence elements. I give you all the information you need in the teacher instructions. This sort includes a group worksheet and a follow up quiz with a key. The activity takes 35-50 minutes depending on the level of your students.
• Reinforcement of difficult concepts
• Cooperative Learning
• Power point to drive the activity
• Teacher instructions
• Student handouts
• 2 Kahoots – one as a quiz
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