There are two versions of each lab, one with a ten-question conclusion and one with directions for a full lab report. This way the teacher has the option! Each lab is two pages to allow for one two-sided handout.
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It will take a few weeks for the book to get to you, so ORDER NOW! You’ll want to have some time before the school year starts to see how you can use the book Chemistry on a Budget in your class.
*Some of you have already purchased Chemistry on a Budget – be sure to check out Page 141 !
Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has a series of video presentations called “Secrets of the Dead” – here is the website for background:
A current video that may be useful is titled “Leonardo -- The Man Who Saved Science” about Leonardo DaVinci. The full movie can be viewed online. It is 55 minutes long, so you may need to show it in two, shorter ½ hour segments:
Overall, experimentation was important to his process of developing various technologies. At 46-47 minutes, the commentator Fritjof Capra states that Leonardo generated “The Scientific Method.” This might be a good stopping point for discussion.
Also, the last 10 minutes are dedicated to his study and drawing of “Vitruvian Man”, a naked male figure both in a circle and square at the same time. The teacher would have to judge if your students are mature enough for this topic.
This could be a good video choice for substitute plans – always good to have on file, which most schools require. Having had illnesses develop at inopportune times during my teaching career, you want substitute plans on file!
Have students stay on task watching the movie by reporting 10 facts from the movie and turning in at the end of the movie. Maybe students can get extra credit for reporting different facts from the other students (discourages sharing of facts).
This movie shows similar developments by different scientists (or philosophers) at the same time. It reminds me of Mendeleev developing The Periodic Table – others were working on an element organization scheme at the same time.
Some movies about the Elements on this Blog include:
04/01/2015 NOVA video "Hunting the Elements" (2012)
12/11/2015 Video: "The Mystery of Matter" (2015)
*This Blog contains several entries that would be helpful to your chemistry classroom. Check out the Topic List to help you to find past Blog entries.
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Remember, buying a copy of the lab book Chemistry on a Budget can be very useful to your Chemistry classroom with labs and class article ideas.
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