Group SmartBoard Activity (25 minutes): For this activity, I broke it up into 5 parts.
Part 1: General Discussion about acids and bases, pH, and indicators. Most 5th graders didn’t really have a lot of prior knowledge on this topic.
Part 2: Explained how they were going to watch a BrainPOP movie on acids and bases, and to listen for facts presented in the movie. Using the list of facts on their handout, they were to write an “A” next to the facts that related to acids, and a “B” next to facts that related to Bases.
Part 3: Gave the students about 3-4 minutes to compare their fact lists with their lab partners. They may not have all the facts categorized, and that was ok.
Part 4: I explained how one person from each group was going to come up to the board and drag one fact into the Venn Diagram. If they were correct, everyone wrote that fact into the Venn diagram on their handout. Students had to choose who would go up for each turn, and what fact they would place. It was a good opportunity for collaboration and coming to a consensus. If the answer was incorrect, they had to drag the fact back to the bottom of the board.
Part 5: Go over all the answers, make sure that their notes reflected the notes that were on the board.
The activity worked really well, the students were on task and it was a nice way to introduce new information in an interactive way.
I uploaded the notebook file to SMART Exchange, not sure if its fully functioning yet, here is the link.