Thinking Small: An Inquiry-based Curriculum for Particulate-level Chemistry

Presented by Chad Bridle
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Establishing a common, correct conception of the particle-nature of matter is key to the effective learning of chemistry. This workshop will equip teachers with Target Inquiry curriculum and instructional practices to help them develop these conceptions early in the school year. The curriculum is designed to help foster a scientific community within the classroom. Students learn to formalize their curiosity by asking scientific questions. They learn how to have productive, respectful discussion through evidence-based argumentation. They develop an understanding of science as a progression of models that help them understand and explain the world around them. Students will corporately create common models of states of matter, elements, compounds and mixtures as well as physical and chemical changes through argumentation. Students will connect their particle-level understandings to observations of matter and symbolic representations of matter. Participants will experience the curriculum as students, discuss strategies for facilitation and explore the lenses of Science and Engineering Practices and Cross-Cutting Concepts.

Target Audience: Middle/High School Chemistry Teachers

Georgia Science Standards: S8P1
NGSS: MS-PS1-1, 1-2,1-5, HS-PS1-7
NGSS SEP: Developing and Using Models, Using Mathematical and Computational Thinking, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Engaging in Argument from Evidence
NGSS CCC: Energy and Matter, Stability and Change, Systems and System Models

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Chad Bridle has been a chemistry and physics teacher at Grandville High School in Grandville, MI, for 17 years. He completed Grand Valley State University’s Target Inquiry program as a part of his graduate studies. For the last ten years he has facilitated presentations and workshops at regional and national conferences on behalf of Target Inquiry, ACS and AACT.