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Anna Pavan
Istituto Comprensivo Savona IV - Savona
associated teacher
Topics related to the resource
- Periodic table
- Metals, non-metals and related properties
- Simple substances and compounds
- ores and extraction of metals
- chemical reactions
Examples of learning objectives
Referring to lower secondary school:
Properties and characteristic of metals
The link between scientific experience and everyday life
Identification of more common metals on the basis of their properties and characteristics
Link with other subjects taught at school (history and technology, the iron age, metal extraction, etc.).
Practical information regarding the use
of the site/simulation...
no needed
Information about the class
Comprehensive Institute Savona IV-Legino. Lower secondary school, second year (12-13 years), 21 students
Suggestion for use
The resource was used as tool of deepening of metals, topic presented by the teacher with frontal lessons.
- At first, the class explored the resource by using the whiteboard in order to understand the structure of the site and its contents.
- As homework, some students were asked to search information about the periodic table of elements, the others about metals.
- In the classroom, collected information were discussed and shared
- Then the resource was explored focusing the attention on metals and on extraction of metals from ores: under the guidance of the teacher, they discussed videos and related explanatory texts.
- Using objects of common use brought from home (copper wires, aluminum sheets and tins, nails etc.), direct observation of some metals and analyses of their characteristics was done.
- A simple experiment was suggested by the teacher in order to show that metals can react with other substances: reaction of the aluminum put in protracted contact with an even weak acid, such as lemon juice. Students decided what to bring from home and performed the experiment at school.
- As conclusion, students, divided in groups, summarized the performed work and drawn their conclusions writing a brief report.
- A short summary of the reports was produced as PPT presentation with the whiteboard and with the collaboration of the whole class (supporting info).
Insights into student
use / thinking
They felt motivated from the discussion with the schoolmates and the teacher about some sections of the site. In particular, the section about extraction from ores stimulated curiosity.
They also felt motivated in discovering the link between everyday life and some sections of the site
Teacher’s conclusions
The resource is useful because:
- it is rich of videos that can be commented by teacher and students. Videos are not only of chemical reactions but also about properties of some simple substances.
- Text are simple and students do not find difficulties in understanding them
- The site is simple but rich of contents and each one can find links with curricular topics
- The site is suitable for upper secondary school students, but it can be used fruitfully also at lower secondary school. In this case the guidance of the teacher is fundamental in order to select and use only sections that can be understood by so young students

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