Connecting monomers, polymers and stuff you can actually see…

February 24, 2011 at 5:37 PM Leave a comment

Three weeks in, many labs, simulations, movie clips and notes into the unit, I was dismayed to hear some of my more academic students were still really unclear about what polymers were. Instead of shooting myself, tempting though that felt, I figured a card sort might rescue us all.

Here’s the result – the activity sheet is first and the plethora of images from the web follow. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. But let me know through comments if not.

8. Mix and match molecules to models, monomers to polymers

Kids had to connect what they’d been learning about through out the unit AND with stuff they know about nutrition and the units on cells and genetics from 7th grade. There were some clues on the cards too. But I had to circulate pretty often to help them out – what belongs, what they need to re-classifiy. Then have them sort it from monomers to the macroscopic after they had the categories worked out.

I got a good sense of who needed coaching and who got it pretty quickly. It was a fun and interactive way to give some students extra help.

Wrapped it up with a class card sort – everyone got a couple of color printed cards (ooh, aah) to sort, then went over it and they took notes.

It SEEMED like it was helpful. We’ll see. A test is coming up…

Advertisements

Entry filed under: Critical Thinking, Physics Topics, Polymers. Tags: , , , , .

POP: Rescuing a Research Nose-Dive A class of grown-ups is different…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Categories

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 387 other followers


%d bloggers like this: