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Teaching Activities

These teaching activities have been submitted by participants at one of several PKAL-MnSCU workshops. They may be complete, ready-to-use activities or activity ideas or somewhere in between. If you would like to see activities from a particular workshop, select the workshop in the navigation menu at the right and then check out the workspace or activities page that appears underneath it.

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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.

Just Sort It! An Activity for Algorithm Development part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
This activity is designed to give students the opportunity to develop an algorithm than can be executed by others from the development team's written description of the algorithm.

Acids and Bases part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Conceptual pH ranking activity

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.

Characterization of Freshwater Ecosystems: Group Collaborative Learning and Peer review part of PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Field based characterization of freshwater ecosystems using group collaborative learning and peer review in an undergraduate research class. Students work in teams to collect data, evaluate and synthesize results to generate and present a scientific poster.