Teacher Review For Chem4Kids

Can be useful if students are given guide questions as an anticipatory set.

Loretta H.
Classroom teacher
Cabell Midland High School (Ona, WV)
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My Grades 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 2
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with General
How I Use It
I have used this product in low level high school conceptual chemistry/physical science classes and in middle school. It worked when I gave my students a graphic organizer and/or guided questions as an anticipatory set to complete while using the site. Students did not find this particularly exciting; however, for a quick review or to activate prior knowledge, it seemed to work.
My Take
As a teaching tool, it does provide a lot of basic chemistry information in a user friendly, non-intimidating text (though accuracy has been questioned in a few areas). The product needs more interactive components, not just quizzes. If given guided questions or a graphic organizer to complete while using chem4kids, I think it is worth a class period in the computer lab (particularly the periodic table part), though not in a regular or advanced chemistry class. .