At a Glance

Discipline

  • Chemistry

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP
  • University

Course

  • General Chemistry I – NYA

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Group
  • Whole Class

Type of Tasks

  • Discussing
  • Solving problems

Technical Details

Useful Technologies

  • Smartboard, white boards

Class size

  • Very small (< 20)

Time

Single class period (< 90 mins)

Purpose

  • Application & practice

Overview

This activity uses a simple matching game to encourage discussion and engagement amongst students as they set out to pair compounds with characteristics. Working in groups, the students match compounds with their name, solubility or oxidation state using a set of cards provided for each question.

Instructional Objectives

  • To better understand solubility and precipitation.
  • To know how to determine the oxidation state of a molecule’s components.
  • To be able discern between and correctly name similar compounds.

Workflow & Materials

Activity Workflow

The Matching Game

Download

Oxidation States, Precipitation and Naming Cards

Worksheet

Download

Contributor's Notes

Lori Jimbachian
Lori Jimbachian

Marianopolis College, Montreal, QC

Benefits

  • These simple games support communication and cooperation between students.
  • It is a good review activity.
  • It reinforces the skills necessary to evaluate chemical reactions in the future.

Challenges

  • It can be challenging to keep students on task.
  • Encouraging participation of everyone in the group.
  • Getting students talking about the problems.

Tips

  • Circulate and listen to the groups
  • Intervene when necessary to keep students on track
  • Keep the groups moving along

Applied Strategies

  1. 1
    Problem-Based Learning
  2. 2
    Inquiry-based Learning

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