I don’t usually teach science, so am not quite sure how to state a known challenge of the students. I looked at the list of interactive simulations and picked a topic that I thought would be very useful in a classroom and build this short T-GEM lesson.
Topic: Solubility of Ionic Compounds
Generate – Create interest in the topic by asking students open-ended questions to engage their thinking and learn more about how much the students already know about this topic.
- What does soluble mean? Insoluble?
- What are some things that are soluble/insoluble?
Evaluate – Learn from simulations, have students predict the solubility of elements from the periodic table, then have them try out the different combinations of elements on interactive simulation.
I would even try bringing in some simple items found in the kitchen to have students test out solubility though hands-on research experiments. Learn about how temperatures can affect solubility as well.
Modify – After trying elements out in the simulation, I would suggest that the students bring in safe items from home to test out their solubility, and experiment on how they can change the solubility if possible based on what they’ve learned.
Khan, S. (2007). Model-based inquiries in chemistry. Science Education, 91(6), 877-905.