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Lesson One Unit Plan


Lesson One Unit Plan

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I have attached a lesson plan detailing how one would go about teaching the concept of specific heat while integrating technology into their course.  It briefly describes what specific heat is and then gives several possible ways in which you could go about demonstrating the concept to the students.  Finally, it details possible means of practice and assessment that you could use to check whether your students understand the material.
Material Type: Tutorial
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: May 08, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: June 20, 2011
Submitter: Chris Hren
Keywords: Lab, Chemistry, Specific heat, Cp, Science, Thermochemistry


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Avatar for Tammie Mirolli
3 years ago

Tammie Mirolli (Teacher (K-12))

The examples and connection to real life experiences are outstanding.  I think the pool example is something all students have experienced at some point.  If not a pool, then a shower after waking in the morning or right after a workout is very similar. I think your hook will grab the students attention and really engage them in the topic.

I like the idea of using the clickers to assess student understanding.  You stated that there wasn't much socialization in this lesson.  What if you assigned the class clicker problems, and then after getting their individual results, place them in groups to discuss their individual answer and try the practice problem as a group.  I would place them in heterogenous groups to make sute the student having trouble work with students who apprear to be understanding the material.  Then after the group work, give another individual problem, similar to the group problem, and re-assess.


Technical Remarks:

There are no techical problems.  The document is very clear, well organized, and easy to read.

Time spent reviewing site: 25 minutes

Avatar for Jessica Haggerty
3 years ago

Jessica Haggerty (Teacher (K-12))

I like the examples that you give your students using specific heat.  I agree that since the math behind specific heat problems is easy that if you only focus on the math, the students completely miss the concept.  Another example I use is similiar to your "attention getter."  I talk to them about when they are cooking spagetti or macaroni and cheese after a few minutes heating a pot of water, they would burn their hand on the pot but the water may only feel luke warm.

There is one other problem I like to give the students.  I tell them about two folding chairs that I put outside in the sun.  One of them is made of iron and the other out of aluminum.  After giving them the specific heats of each of the metals, I ask them which one would be hotter to sit in.

Technical Remarks:

I didn't find any technical problems with this lesson.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 min