Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Do I need to be concerned about chemical disposal in this kit?
Answer: Make sure you consult the Teacher’s Guide for hazardous chemicals. The Materials, Safety, and Data Sheets (MSGS) included assure proper disposal.
Question: How do I prevent students from moving ahead without making predictions?
Answer: Try holding one key material and checking written work for a prediction before allowing a group to proceed. You will find what works best for you.
Question: How do I get the students to write in their science notebooks?
Answer: Starting with an entry task or focus question, gets students in the mindset of using their notebooks as soon as class starts. Some teachers require the notebooks to be on the students’ desks before class begins.
Question: How long does it take to set up for the labs?
Answer: Time will decrease as you become more familiar with the kit. Lessons can take anywhere from five minutes to a half hour so be prepared the first time through. Sticky notes with reminders are very helpful in the Teacher’s Guide for the following year.
Question: Is replenishment an issue if I teach multiple classes each day?
Answer: No. If replenishment materials are available, groups can restock their tubs for the next class. Some teachers check tubs before the students are released for class. This also helps with loss of materials that “escape” the room.
Question: What lessons can be “skipped” if I am running out of time?
Answer: It is suggested that to keep the fidelity and conceptual development in tact, NO lessons should be skipped. However, sometimes this is not realistic. Consult a “master” teacher in your building, district, or ESD for advice.
Question: Does the Background section of the Teacher’s Guide provide useful information?
Answer: For teacher information, this section can be extremely useful. It is a good way to brush up on concepts that a teacher may not feel comfortable with. However, this information is much too in depth for student use.