This reciprocal learning activity gives students the opportunity to practice identifying balanced and unbalanced chemical equations and whether they are following the Law of Conservation of Mass or not. Students will determine if a given equation is following the law of conservation or not, find the balanced equation out of a given list of 4 equations, determine the missing mass of either the reactants or products in a given equation, and determine which list of coefficients would balance out a given equation.
What is the Reciprocal Learning Strategy?
Reciprocal Learning is a student-pairing strategy designed with the principles of effective coaching in mind. Each pair of students forms a learning partnership committed to helping each other reach a particular learning goal. Each student plays two roles: as the player, each student works to complete an activity or solve a problem while “thinking out loud”; as a coach, each student observes the player’s work and listens to the player’s thinking while providing praise, feedback, and clues that help the player complete the activity. Because of these dual-roles, the power of learning is effectively doubled.
In this activity, each player is given 12 unique problems to solve as their coach guides, encourages, and provides support when needed. After these 12 problems are completed (and correct), the students switch roles and the second player solves 12 different problems as the other player coaches.
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