Fun Times in the Classroom

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It would be so great if I had videos of all the fun times we had in my classroom. Unfortunately, filming minors in a public school can be unnerving and controversial. Fortunately, two of our class projects required filming student performances. Now my students and I can watch these videos and reminisce, while they remain anonymous. Unfortunately, I can only find a few of the videos.

"No Such Thing as Atoms" play

In order to help my students remember the major scientists and milestones in the development of Modern Atomic Theory, I had them perform a play where those scientists discuss the atom. Some groups used the script I wrote. Here are two of those performances.

 

Some groups chose to write their own script. Here are two of those performances.

 

Special Effects Movies

The Active Chemistry curriculum called for lab groups to create a movie scene with special effect tricks they learned in Chemistry. Here are some of the movies created by my students. If you are one of my students and have another video to add to this collection, please send it to me!

 

New Periodic Tables

The Active Chemistry curriculum also called for lab groups to create a new way to sort the elements. I gave each lab group a set of cards which contained element characteristics but not the element name. Groups then arranged the cards according to whatever characteristics they chose. Here are some photos of my students showing off their alternative periodic tables.

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This class ran late and had to leave before I could get their pictures...

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Electron Configuration Song

One of my most favorite songs of all time was written in 2007 by Mark Rosengarten. It's called "I Heart Electron Config." I played it over and over and over in the classroom hoping to carve it on my students' brains. Some kids wailed, "Turn it off!" and some kids yelled "Play it again." Love it or hate it, it turned a tedious task into a hopping good time. Thank you, Mark Rosengarten, for such a great gift. Here's his video and the practice worksheet I made to go with the song:

Click here to download the Word document.
 

Science Fair

I coordinated Science Fair for my school three of my four years of teaching. Here are some photos of my students who took their projects to the district competition.

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