by Lab In Every Lesson
6th – 12th Grade
There’s really no way to know the extent to which you and your students will experience the interactivity and convenience of my Learning Experiences and digital notebooks until you try them.
In my opinion, the most interactive lesson (and perhaps my most favorite all year!) is this Isotopes lesson — I’m happy to share it with you!
Enjoy this Isotopes PowerPoint Lesson for in-class or virtual delivery. The companion Digital Interactive Notebook is also free!
PLEASE COME BACK AND LEAVE A REVIEW ONCE YOU‘VE HAD THE CHANCE TO USE IT!
In this interactive science lesson, students will learn about isotopes so they can:
- talk like a scientist!
- recognize the difference between mass number, exact atomic mass, and average atomic mass.
- explain radioactivity.
Both you and your students will know they are successful when they can:
- define terms on the Word Wall.
- determine the composition of the nucleus for various isotopes.
- name isotopes using their mass number.
- explain how mass number is different from exact atomic mass.
The following components are included in this interactive science lesson to support student-centered learning:
- a “Review & Preview” activity to activate and assess prior knowledge.
- a “Word Wall” which showcases vocabulary that is central to the lesson content.
- analytical reading or writing components to promote scientific literacy.
- at least one independent or small group learning experience which allows (1) students to create artifacts as evidence of their learning and (2) teachers to review main ideas with the whole group.
- data-dependent analysis of the learning experience outcomes.
- detailed answer keys for the outlined activities.
- formative assessment of mastery.
This interactive science lesson is designed for use on a smart whiteboard, for delivery in an online meeting space or as an upload to web sharing applications like Google Slides, Nearpod, edPuzzle, etc.
- Digital Interactive Notebook: Isotopes
- Self-Grading, Editable Digital Interactive Notebook: Isotopes
BOTH OF THESE ^ PRODUCTS ARE FREE!!! Take the opportunity to download them to examine them for similarity and differences and consider how each might complement your instructional efforts.
Though it could certainly be used independently, this lesson was prepared as part of a complete chemistry curriculum for student centered learning. You might find the following resources useful as you prepare to test this lesson in your classroom:
- The Rationale for Incorporating A Lab In Every Lesson
- Results of Incorporating A Lab In Every Lesson
- 6 Things to Consider When Making the Switch to Student Centered Learning
- Tune into my weekly podcast, “The Student Centered Science Teacher”.
- Send me questions and comments via email, email@example.com , or send me a chat in the Lab In Every Lesson community.
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