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Metric System Conversions: Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) activity part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
This activity helps student learn to convert within the metric system and begin learning about process skill necessary for working in groups.
The Candle Icebreaker part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Small groups of students examine a candle to consider its chemical properties. Class discussion follows to consider macro vs. molecular events, energy, phase changes, etc.
Learning to Paraphrase: A Group Activity part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
This is a short paper assignment assigned to groups of 3 that teaches students how to paraphrase.
Wonder Lake, a Case Study part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
A town board based classroom scenario where students decide what to do with a parcel of land on the shoreline of a lake. Various interested parties try to purchase, but must answer town board questions in the process. Real issues of land-use, resource allocation, ethics, planning, and impacts.
Student Inquiry Into Cellular Respiration part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
A POGIL activity regarding cellular respiration with an additional activity regarding the function of NAD+ in redox reactions.
Ionic and Binary Compound Chemical Nomenclature part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
This is a POGIL activity geared for general chemistry students. The activity guides students through the process of determining how ionic and binary compounds are named as well as inorganic acids.
Antibacterial soaps, friend or foe: An investigative case study part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
This lab activity will not only draw on students' real life experiences but will also draw on student's previous lab experiences in proper laboratory techniques and data analysis performed in previous activities. The lab will incorporate the use of scientific inquiry methods and strategies while students develop reasonable answers to the questions asked.
Using enthalpy to assess fuel sources part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
A variety of fuels are evaluated for the amount of heat they liberate upon burning. This includes a discussion of how different criteria can influence the evaluation of what makes a "good" fuel.
Laboratory Preview and Preparation Sessions part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Prior to attending each lab, students are required to answer several questions, related to the lab, using an online class management system.
Get your "lecture freak on" using JiTT part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
This JiTT activity will allow instructors to engage students prior to, during, and after lecture. This will be accomplished by asking questions using instructional technologies, course management systems, and in-class discussion of responses.