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Nadia Zamboni
Comprehensive Institute Cogoleto
Teacher involved
Chemistry at home
Topics related to the resource
Chemical reactions, parameters that influence the reactions, chemistry of food
Examples of learning objectives
- The link between chemistry and everyday life becomes evident.
- The parameters that influence chemical reactions can be learned also by practical experiences, carried out with not dangerous and easy to find materials.
- The resource can be use in an interdisciplinary way, to learn English ( with the collaboration of the English teacher).
Practical information regarding the use
of the site/simulation...
- The resource is available by clicking on the left menu of the homepage. The detailed description of the resource is reported in the related review of the “Teaching Resources Section”.
- The resource is available on line in English. A Greek version is available in word format and downloadable by clicking on the right menu.
- By using Google Chrome as browser, Google Translator is available
Information about the class
Comprehensive Institute Cogoleto, lower secondary school, second year (12-13 years), 20 students
Suggestion for use
1. Pupils in the class, divided into groups, explored part of the resource (chemical substances in food) focusing on the reaction between vinegar and baking soda. The purpose of the exploration was to collect information on factors that could affect the reaction itself.
2. Each group chose a particular experimental factor to test and organized the experimental activity (how to do it, which materials to take from home..)
3. Each group carried out the experimental activity in the classroom, showing it to the other groups.
4. Each group produced the scientific report of all the activities (carried out and observed).
The work was carried out with the help of the Comenius Assistant because available in the school. A good alternative is to organize at least part of the activities with the English teacher.
Insights into student
use / thinking
- They did not find difficulties in understanding the contents and using the information to organize the practical activities
- The reaction of students in approaching the resource in English has been positive: it is an effective tool to widen and consolidate students linguistic competence without conflicting with formal English teaching
- They showed cooperative attitudes
Teacher’s conclusions
- The resource provided interesting insights to undertake, with the laboratory approach, a path of observation and reflection on a common chemical reaction such as that between vinegar and baking soda.
- The availability of the resource in English also represented an opportunity to experience the CLIL (Content and language integrated learning) in building scientific skills.
- The support of the whiteboard favored the cooperative learning approach, through continuous moments of sharing between the groups of pupils.

National Reports on successful experiences to promote lifelong learning for chemistry The national reports on chemistry successful experiences to promote lifelong learning for chemistry are now available on the related section of the project portal. The reports presents examples of successful experiences in the partner countries and the results of testing of ICT resources with science teachers.