I came across a version of this activity at STANYS conference last fall. I have adjusted it a bit to meet my classroom needs. The students design a procedure to test the affect of reactant concentration on reaction rate. I opened up the activity with a demonstration of the Iodine clock reaction and had students run through a QFT. Magically the question generated by the students just happens to be the lab I have set up!! I have attached my version of the lab as well as some additional handouts I use for CER. Enjoy. Please let me know how it goes.
Just finished reading "Make Just One Change". If you haven't heard about Questions Formulation Technique (QFT) you must! QFT is a protocol for students to learn how to ask questions. The book is very teacher friendly and the protocol is straight forward for any content area. The examples provided in the book are fantastic. QFT seems to be a great fit for the incoming NY state science learning standards. I plan on incorporating QFT in both my science elective class and my chemistry classes starting this year. I look forward to changing my laboratory activities around starting with students coming up with the right question for the exercise. I have attached a modified worksheet adapt from http://rightquestion.org/education/
OMG! I came across a math blogger, Sarah Carte @math=love.blogspot.com, who used question stacks. These are so cool. The template is set up with questions and answers on the back. The back of the card is not the answer to the question. Students put all answer cards facing up and then turn one over to reveal the first question The student answers the question and find that answer on one of the answer cards. They take the answer card place it on top of the question (answer side down) and the next question is on top. You continue doing this until all the cards are used up. The student knows they did the stack correctly if the answer to the last question was the first card placed on the bottom. So fun. I created a stack for my energy unit.
I attended the Suffolk STANYS conference this past spring and came across a presentation about "Station Labs". I know this is not a new concept but had never experimented with these types of activities in my chemistry class. The presentation focused on stations that specific titles like "Write It!", "Read It", "Explore it" and "Watch it!". These stations were similar to literacy stations that I have used in the past. The stations are student centered with small groups that can be completed in 10-15 minutes. The idea behind station actives is to differentiate instruction for specific content. I recently created a station activity for my first chapter, atomics, and can't wait to see how it goes. If you would like a copy of my activity, please send me an email through the contact page.