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Ions Lab Stations Activity

Ions Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory does not address a specific Next Generation Science Standard, but it complements concepts related to other NGSS. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standards. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Ions Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Compare and contrast the formation of a positive and negative ion.
2. Illustrate the imbalance of electrons and protons in an ion.
3. Predict whether an atom will gain or lose electrons to become an ion based on the number of its valence electrons.
4. Evaluate the importance of electrolytes in the human body.

Science Skills Station
Students will study the formation of positive and negative ions. They will draw diagrams to show what happens when to an atom when it gains or loses electrons, determine the charge of an ion when provided information about the number of gained or lost electrons and make predictions about whether an atom will gain or lose electrons, based on the number of its valence electrons.

Narrative Station
Students will read an informative text about positive and negative ions. They will analyze illustrations that summarize the information in the text, so to better understand how and why atoms form ions.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to ions. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will study important electrolytes in the human body and how they are essential to specific body functions. Students will study causes and effects of electrolyte imbalance and how negative effects of electrolyte imbalance are medically treated.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students can conduct one of the 11 standard synthesis projects, but I strongly suggest using the directed synthesis project. In the directed synthesis project, students will develop an electrolyte-infused sports drink that would help athletes replenish lost electrolytes during strenuous exercise. Students will use Gatorade as an inspiration for their electrolyte drink. Students will consider the benefits and drawback to electrolyte sports drinks as well.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
1 Computer or Tablet

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

Purchasing Options to Save you $$$:
• Save 30% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Lab Bundle
• Save 35% with the Integrated Science Lab Bundle
• Save 40% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Complete Curriculum
• Save 50% with the Integrated Science Complete Curriculum
Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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