Inquiry Unit Plan Angela Bylo

Ionic and Covalent Bonding

This inquiry unit plan covers the topics of Ionic and Covalent Bonding in Chemistry. Modeled from Trumbull High School's 2015-2016 lesson plans, I tried to develop lessons that would integrate more hands-on activities and independent learning. As we move into the NGSS standards, finding phenomena has proven to be a bit of a challenge.

Starting the unit with ionic bonds:

  • Basic notes and at-home activities
  • Move into "active learning"
  • Labs
  • More active learning
  • Formative assessments - exit slips, mid-lesson "thumbs up/down" (check points)
  • Summative assessments - Quizzes

Moving into covalent bonding:

  • Independent learning - reading and taking notes; online notes.
  • Hands on activities, in class and at home.
  • More 'active learning' in this lesson group; working with peers.
  • More 'reinforcement' with supplemental material.
  • Formative and summative assessments.

Safety In the Classroom

Hands on activities, labs

Student safety contracts, proper lab attire, and review of experimental and safety procedures are a must. From Flinn's Lab Safety Course, even a brief review at the beginning of a class or lab aids in consistent practices and accountability. Played around with the idea of formative/summative assessments in regards to safety. Classroom management will also be key here.

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Angela Bylo


Created with images by klare82 - "showcase colorful chemistry" • DanaK~WaterPenny - "Science, it works." Other photos found/used from Google searches for ionic bonding, covalent bonding, safety cartoons, Flinn safety.

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