III. eyeLEARN ~ The Atom
This Activity Booklet includes 8 color eyeNOTE templates and a corresponding black & white rendering of each template for printing student worksheets, (16 total pages).
What are eyeNOTES? Well, essentially they are deliberately simplistic, and sometimes, incomplete drawings that serve as a foundation for developing the essential concepts that we teach in class. Simply put, it’s about teaching and learning through drawing and using pictures… It’s about visual learning… Maybe it would be easier to give you a couple of examples.
1). If you look at the thumbnail examples you will see an eyeNOTE on Conservation of Matter. Suppose you are teaching a lesson on this important science concept, you might ask the students complete the drawing before you even begin to discuss the topic – have students theorize what they think the picture should look like. They can compare their theories to the correct one after you have completed the lesson. (It is perhaps a good idea to have students use pencil to make rough sketches first and later let them go to town using colored pencils/pens. If you’re very lucky and have tablets, such as iPads, you can import these and draw on them using a drawing app like SketchBook Pro or similar.)
2). Many teachers like to use these eyeNOTE images as a template for PowerPoint or Keynote presentations. I’ve done much of the work for you, and you can have fun personalizing the drawings to suit yourself and the needs of your students. All of the images are done using large font sizes and are generally black and white. This is because after thirty years of teaching I’ve finally realized that students have difficulty reading strange fonts and they are often distracted by too many images, bells, and whistles. Each drawing gets right to the point.
I hand out paper copies of the same eyeNOTES that are in the PowerPoint/Keynote to the students. They use these to write notes on and to complete the diagrams. (Suggestion, print them single-sided so students can write notes on the backside of the page.) I know teachers who work at schools that have 1-to-1 iPads, in which case students can again take notes on the iPad using the eyeNOTES as a template- this makes it way easier to write on the tablet; I would suggest using a stylus in this case.)
The Atom Unit → What you get…
8-Color eyeNOTES covering the following topics:
1-John Dalton’s Atomic Theory
2-Conservation of Mass
3-J. J. Thomson Atomic Theory & the Cathode Ray Tube
4-Robert Millikan’s Oil Drop Experiment & the Charge of an Electron
5-Ernest Rutherford’s Atomic Theory & the Alpha Scattering Experiment
6-Summary of Atomic Particles
8- The Mass Spectrometer
Bonus- Development of an Atomic Theory, (Timeline) ~ Picto-Notes
Also, 8-Duplicate Black & White versions for photocopies, (one of each of the above)
This activity meets and exceeds 21st Century learning expectations, and Common Core learning outcomes. Also, all the eyeLEARN units align with the 2014 AP Chemistry Revised Curriculum.