Day 106: Periodic Prototypes

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I made a prototype of a periodic “square” for outside my classroom. I have had this idea forever and finally am acting on it. We have nine science teachers and I want students in our painting classes (and/or National Art Honor Society) to help make these. Each teacher’s last name works well with an element (Whiteley = Tungsten, Foy = Fluorine, Idgunji = Iodine, Braun = Bromine, etc.). I’d like them to be colorful and vibrant and something the students can relate to as well. I’ll update when they are finished. (Note metric “growth” chart on wall).

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Day 59: Hunting the Elements

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Students in IS II are really enjoying the NOVA production. “Hunting the Elements” with David Pogue. It is long (nearly 2 hours) so we watch it in 25-30 minute segments every few days. We were streaming it from the PBS website but our school’s broadband was having issues so we bought it via Amazon for $1.99. Best purchase ever. The video captures their attention, and aids in their understanding of basic bonding and chemical reactions. I follow David Pogue on Twitter (@Pogue ) and he has been gracious enough to respond to a few of my inquiries. When he is ready for a group of teachers to help him with any of his ideas or productions, I’m in!

Day 41: What’s the Matter?

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IS I students reviewed the concept of matter and how we classify it. In our department we use these sets of petri dishes to help all students (use in IS I and in Chemistry classes) understand the differences between pure substances and mixtures and between elements and compound. In each dish are beads, some separate (elements), some wired together (molecules), and some of both (mixtures).