Last week I hypothesized that schools would be moving toward hybrid schedules – in person instruction some days and remote or distance learning other days. The challenge is to cover the same content in less contact time. This is a unit I designed on atomic structure.
What do I want to accomplish? On paper, I’m addressing NGSS MS-PS1-1 – Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures. In reality, I’m teaching students how to determine how many protons, neutrons, and electrons an atom has and how to represent that atom as a Bohr model and as a Lewis dot structure.
Day 1: In person instruction. What is an atom? What do they look like? What are the subatomic particles? How many subatomic particles are in an atom? As usual, I teach this using a Google SlideShow as my anchor with cloze notes for students. I prepared the cloze notes as a hyperdoc that students can complete on their Chromebooks during class or at home if we change to fully remote instruction.
Day 2: Remote or distance learning. Students will accomplish two things on this day. First, they will practice calculating protons, neutrons, and electrons so that we can move on to drawing atoms tomorrow. Secondly, they will do some research into the development of the atomic theory in a choice board.
Day 3: In school instruction. Continuing with my SlideShow and cloze notes, I’ll teach how to draw a Bohr model of the atom. Because it’s possible (probable?) that some students (if not all) will be doing this remotely, I made the cloze notes completely digital so I included instructions on how to use Google Drawings and add it to the notes.
Day 4: At home remote/distance learning. Practice drawing Bohr models of atoms using hyperdocs.
Day 5: In school instruction on valence electrons and Lewis dot structures of atoms using a Slideshow and hyperdoc cloze notes. Finish the lesson by drawing Lewis dot structures of the first 18 atoms and hopefully identifying the pattern of valence electrons in the periodic table.
Day 6: At home review of all concepts in an escape room type of activity.
On Day 7, students would be assessed on what they’ve learned.
If schools adopt this one day in, one day out strategy, curricular materials can be assigned either in class if teacher assistance is required or for remote learning if students can manage on their own.
What unit have you started modifying?