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Using Phenomena-Based Learning/Periodic Table to Engage Students in Chemical Concepts/Critical Think

I stumbled upon a video simulation that showcases the explosive force of a lithium battery. While we cannot conduct such experiments in the lab, this video can be used as a tool to simulate thermal reactions and engage students in phenomena-based learning. This approach can be particularly effective when introducing periodic element tables to students. By combining the NGSS Cross-Cutting Concept (CCC) with phenomena-based learning, we can create an interdisciplinary and exciting learning experience that emphasizes themes and concepts over traditional siloed disciplines. This strategy not only increases student engagement but also promotes equity in the classroom.

One effective approach is to use the video simulation to captivate students' imaginations and introduce the concept of patterns, grouping of elements, and similarities in chemical properties. For instance, after watching the video, discussing the video and the similarities of chemical properties of group one elements, students can research other groups on the periodic table and discover similarities between different elements. Representative elements can be a good starting point before diving into complex groups like the transition elements. This way, students can apply concepts from environmental or earth science, mathematics, arts, and literacy to solve problems, which promotes a holistic approach to learning.

To further enrich the learning experience, instructors can also assign research projects to students. For example, students can explore the possibility of using a different element in place of lithium-ion or investigate the environmental implications of mining lithium. This approach not only enhances students' knowledge but also encourages critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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Authored by Dr. Ayo Olufade, Ph.D.

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