You can teach them through lecture and PowerPoint. But, maybe you want to mix it up? Maybe you want to put a little spice in your classroom? Maybe make the polyatomic ion list a little easier to memorize?
After all you gave them the list and asked them to learn it before the quiz-and then nothing happened.
Do I have a plan for you!
This tool requires almost no work for you. Every teacher and their brother has a Quizlet on this topic. Just pick one that matches your needs and share it with your students. I’ve even made it easier for you by selecting a few of my favorites and linking them below.
There are these really cool key ring flash cards I’ve seen at Walmart, Target and Amazon. They are perfect for your "obsessed with key rings because I can drive now" 16 year old students.
Of course you can use traditional flash cards.
You can even make some serious waves and tell them you don’t care how they create their flash cards as long as they are:
#3 Create Doodle Notes
You can use doodle notes several ways. Either create for them a doodle note set for learning polyatomic ions from this template, have them use a template to create their own, or use these really cool doodle note stickers to have them create their own doodle note page.
I like these Doodle Note templates from Math Giraffe:
Now that sounds like a fun chemistry classroom.
#4 A Worksheet
Use a worksheet that has a lot of practice with polyatomic ions. The more they practice, the easier it is to memorize the polyatomic ions. There are tons and tons of worksheets out there. You just need to find the right worksheet for your classroom.
You can use a worksheet that strictly focuses on learning the polyatomic ions like this one.
Or, you can use one like this that has ionic and covalent and metal and nonmetal naming practice, if you are looking to review multiple concepts.
Of course there is this packet of worksheets if you want all things ions in one place.
It's your classroom. You set the pace.
#5 Text a Slide Video
This one is my favorite. It is more work, but make this once and you’ll have it forever.
Easier prep version? Have students make the slides.
I tried this last year and it worked like a charm. Students were all about practicing with their videos because they were easy to access and they always had it ready no matter where they were.
I mean, what student doesn't have their phone on them 24/7?!
Put it into Action
Did you come away inspired? I hope so! Now, go follow some of those links and get ready to save time and make your teaching job easier!
Under your guidance, I have no doubt that your students will have their polyatomic ions lists memorized in no time.
Hi! I'm CoScine Creative. I have developed and run a tutoring center at a small college. I also teach some of their algebra and chemistry courses. And I will neither confirm nor deny pranking my students by pretending to be one.