At a Glance


  • STEM
  • Chemistry

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP
  • University


  • General Chemistry I – NYA

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Group

Type of Tasks

  • Discussing
  • Solving problems

Technical Details

Useful Technologies

  • Smartboard, white boards

Class size

  • Very small (< 20)


  • Single class period (< 90 mins)

Instructional Purpose

  • Application & knowledge building


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

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Contributor's Notes

Lori Jimbachian

Lori Jimbachian

Marianopolis College, Montreal

  • 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.
  • It can be challenging to keep students on task.
  • Encouraging participation of everyone in the group.
  • Getting students talking about the problems.
  • Circulate and listen to the groups
  • Intervene when necessary to keep students on track
  • Keep the groups moving along


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