This week we finished up macromolecules with enzymes. I took to a beach ball to assess what the students knew about each of the macromolecules. Anytime you can get a part of the beach into your classroom you need to take advantage of it. To do this activity you will need a beach ball and a dry erase marker. Write the names of the macromolecules on each section of the beach ball. I also included vitamins and minerals and a wild. I toss the ball to the students and when they catch it they look to see where their right thumb lands and tell me one thing they know about the molecule their thumb landed on. I then have the students throw the ball back to me to prevent them from being tempted to bounce it off their classmates heads. Participation was 100% and it was able to assess their knowledge of the macromolecules. If a student did not know something I would give them hints or come back to them. If a students thumb lands on wild they get to pick the macromolecule. The kids did not want to stop this warm up.
The interactive notebook has been a great teaching tool for me for the last few years. The Interactive Science Notebook (INB) is a learning tool that involves an “input” (right side) of teacher’s notes and handouts. It also include an “output” section (left side) that allows students to creatively relate that information to their own experiences or organize the information in a variety of proven techniques or best practices. The versatility of the interactive notebook is only limited by the student or the teacher, therefore it has no limits. Throughout the year, I will post a variety of engaging examples that I use in my classroom. You will be amazed how the interactive notebook reaches all of the learning styles in your classroom and allows students to personalize their learning. I am currently in the process of gathering, organizing and explaining how I implement the activities I do throughout the year into a book. The left side of the notebook is for graphic organizers, charts, stories, raps, poems, pictures and more. The right side is used for notes and teacher handouts (“input”)
Note: Successfully implementing the Interactive Notebook involves extensive set-up and procedures but the pay-off is worth it.
Set up of the interactive notebook:
This week we began biochemistry. We focus on the structure,function, examples and pictures of the four macromolecules. I have developed an effective lesson that uses printable macromolecule boxes that my students really enjoy using. There are 3 different games/activities that I use to help my students grasp this concept. This lesson is more than worth a try. It is easy, you will love this and so will the kids.
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