5 Online Activities for Understanding Chemical Reactions in 5th Grade

To help students better understand the difference between chemical and physical changes, we spent some time using our laptops to further explore both concepts this past Thursday. Students progressed through a number of activities at their own pace to review and exercise their knowledge.

Using Kidblog, my best friend and sharing platform, I made a post with five different links for students to explore. Students who finished before others had fun spending additional time creating chemical bonds through the final link.

Online Activity 1: Compounds and Mixtures

Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 5.37.32 PMThis interactive, created by BBC, begins by allowing students to combine two elements. They are then prompted to try to pull them apart, but will be unable to do so. This interactive activity gives students a clear visual of compounds and chemical reactions, as well as the difference between a mixture and a compound (chemical bond). For my class, this provided a good review on separating mixtures as well, which we already explored thoroughly in a number of labs. This activity ends with a short quiz that provides immediate feedback. I think some of the questions are rather tricky for 5th graders, so I allow students to go on to the next activity without completing it.

Added bonus: My students were thorougly entertained by the voiceover’s accent.

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5th Grade Angles – Online Practice and Games

I use the following materials for my unit on angles. Scouring the internet to put these items together to engage your students can be a pain. Hopefully, if you’re a 5th grade teacher, this can be your one-stop-shop. I’ve listed the online resources that I use in my classroom (in the order that I use them) below.

Triggering Prior Knowledge/Review

Before the start of our unit on angles, I ask students to label two pages in their notebooks “Angle Review”. We tape this table Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 2.46.33 PM(pictured right) onto the second page. For homework, students review the Powerpoint (posted to Kidblog), copy the definitons and angle from Slide 2, and complete the table from Slide 3 of the Powerpoint.

Here is a fun video I like to share to kick off the unit. The kids love it!

Online Practice/Games

Measuring Angles

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Primary focus: Measuring Angles with a Protractor

Math Playground has designed a program that allows students to practice using a protractor and measuring angles online. Click here or on the image to try it out yourself. I particularly like that students are given immediate feedback and are able to remeasure and correct their answers. I use this activity along with the others listed in this section at a math station for extra practice after our first lesson in the angles unit.

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