Response Cards for Easy Formative Assessment in Chemistry

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Use these response cards for NO PREP formative assessment for your chemistry class. Or use them as a powerful tool for student engagement. This set contains 55 response cards with common chemistry vocabulary such as atom, element, molecule - as well a common chemical symbols and more!

This product is part of a money-saving bundle: Chemistry Unit Bundle. It contains eleven resources to teach all of the concepts typically taught in an introductory chemistry unit. Save yourself some time and trouble by taking a look at the bundle instead of searching for individual activities/lessons!


What’s a response card?

A response card is an inexpensive simple replacement for costly messy individual whiteboards. White boards are expensive, hard to store, messy, and an invitation for students to get off task or engage in inappropriate behavior.

Why use response cards?

We all know how important formative assessment is. But it’s time consuming to create, print, and correct quizzes. And quizzes take up valuable instructional time too. So we often use oral questioning as an alternative to a written quiz. But here’s the problem with that:

When you ask one student you’ll find out what one student knows.
When you ask for volunteers, you’ll find out what the volunteers know.
But you don’t know what EVERY student knows (or doesn’t know).

When you use response cards – you’ll find out what every student knows. It would be impossible to ask every student to orally respond to every question you ask. But when you use response cards EVERY student responds to your question by holding up the appropriate answer card. Simply by scanning the room, you will see the “odd one out” – the incorrect response card – held up by the student or students who don’t understand the material well enough to respond correctly. Then you can follow up with the students who need some reteaching or clarification.

We all have students who resist responding to questions. Some just don’t want to participate. Some of them are painfully shy. Some of them are afraid of being wrong. Some have speech impediments. Some speak little English. ALL of them can safely use response cards to increase participation in class. Even the students who just are resistant to any kind of participation will quickly learn that they stand out for unwelcome attention if they don’t participate with their response cards.

Give them a try. I think you’ll find that your students participate more, and more willingly and that you become a better and more responsive teacher when you use response cards in your classroom.

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Response Cards for Easy Formative Assessment in Chemistry
Response Cards for Easy Formative Assessment in Chemistry
Response Cards for Easy Formative Assessment in Chemistry
Response Cards for Easy Formative Assessment in Chemistry