The activity described here provides an inquiry experience using familiar materials to promote student exploration and understanding of ions and ionic compounds. Familiar materials throughout the laboratory help students relate science to the real world and students are able to use their understanding of those materials. This activity uses an inquiry approach that requires students to make more decisions about their experiment, but does not expect students to discover scientific ideas. This article identifies many ways that the nature of science should be incorporated into the learning experience so that students improve their understanding of what science is and how it is done. This article promotes National Science Education Content Standards A, B, and G, and Iowa Teaching Standards 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 2006 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Potter, Elizabeth and Kelly, Caroline
"Circuits without Wires?: Helping Students Understand the Power of Ions,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 33
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol33/iss3/6