This is a self-directed, group, discovery, inquiry activity where the students discovery the requirements in naming covalent molecules and ionic compounds.
There are 7 hints that the students use to correctly fill in for the puzzle at the back of the activity sheet. The puzzle is simply a cheesy pick-line science pun that the students have to solve for. In the 7 hints provided, they are to discover the differences in naming covalent and ionic compounds such as CaO = Calcium oxide. The hints include example naming types for both types, prefixes, and where to find metals and non-metal groups. In addition, there is a sheet where there are 4 different potential answers for students to choose from.
From my experience:
This is a great start to having students to see the differences between the two types than simply going through them with notes. I noticed that the struggle of figuring out the puzzle, and seeing the differences between the bond types helped their understanding than just notes and practice.
"Are you a carbon sample?"
because "I want to date you"
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