Balancing Equations Childrens Book CHEM

OVER-THE-BREAK CHEMISTRY ASSIGNMENT

 

Your project:  Write and construct a children’s book

Your topic:  How to Balance Equations and Why We Have To Do It

Items/Terms that must be included:

  • Matter
  • Law of Conservation of Matter
  • Reactants
  • Products
  • Chemical equation
  • Atom
  • Mole
  • Coefficient
  • Subscript
  • Molecule

Additional Terms that may be used (not required)

  • [Atom count]
  • [Mole ratio]

Required Concepts you have to portray in your book:

  • What is matter?
  • What is an atom count/How do you do one?
  • ***How do you balance an equation?***
  • Why do equations need to be balanced?

Format requirements/Aesthetics:

  • Minimum 10 pages, not including covers (can be longer)
  • Must have a cover with title, name, etc.
  • Must have illustrations/pictures
  • Must have color
  • No typos
  • Book must be neat
  • Book must stay together and read like a book (pages have to flip and not fall out…)

 

Other requirements:

  • All equations and formulas in the book must be correct 
  • Processes must be correct
  • Must be on child level (it’s a children’s book) but must be accurate and teach good chemistry (it’s also a chemistry project)!
  • References cited if necessary, including pics from internet
  • Please indicate the age group your book is designed for

Other notes:

  • Can be creative with story, characters, etc., but must get the point across!
  • Can be hardcover or soft cover; size can be variable
  • "About the Author" section can be included on inside or on back cover for bonus
  • Bonus available for particularly excellent features
  • ELL students may write biligual books, but English translations must be included so I can grade them!

Students may work by themselves or with one partner.  NO GROUPS OF 3!  If working with a partner, both partners agree to share the grade fully.  Partners must meet in person or otherwise communicate while working on the project and be able to provide evidence if asked.  See or email Ms. LaSovage with questions.

DUE DATE: _____Tuesday, January 8, 2013__________

 


 

ESTIMATED RUBRIC FOR PROJECT:  (Note: Some modifications may be made to this rubric, but it can be used as a general guide for relative point values and is a helpful checklist.)

 

Balancing Equations Children’s Book Rubric    
Topic:  How to Balance Equations and Why We Have To Do It!    
**Note: Exact points subject to change.  Total points may be more or less than listed.  
     
About the Book     
Hardcover or softcover?           Hard    /   Soft    
Size:    tiny    small     medium    large    huge    
Title: ___________________________________________________    
Age level for this book:      pre-K      1st(5-6 yrs)     2nd(7-8 yrs)     3rd(8yrs)      4th(9-10 yrs)       
     
Format requirements/Aesthetics:    
Book has a cover    
Cover includes title of book    
Cover includes name of author(s) and illustrator(s)    
Cover has an illustration or picture    
Subtotal / 4
Minimum 10 pages with story, not including covers (can be longer)    
# pages = ______                        0     1     2
Book stays together physically and reads like a book (pages flip and don't fall out…) 0     1     2
Book has ample illustrations/pictures 0     1     2
Book uses a lot of color (unless thematically unique*) 0     1     2
Book is neat (no smudges, ink or typed instead of pencil, clean lines…) 0     1     2
Subtotal / 10
     
Story Quality/Audience     
There is a story, flow, theme or plot 0    1    2    3
Book  in some way reads like a childrens book/appropriate for children 0    1    2    3
Book relates ideas in an understandable way for the age group 0    1    2    3
Subtotal / 9
     
Required concepts are presented in an understandable and correct way    
What is an atom count?/How do you do an atom count/model or process/… 0  1  2  3  4  5
Why do equations need to be balanced? 0  1  2  3  4  5
How to/How do you balance an equation? 0  1  3  5  7  9 10
Subtotal / 20
     
Required Items/Terms are addressed and/or used correctly    
(*can be defined or simply used in context depending on story)    
Matter /  
Law of Conservation of Matter /  
Reactants /  
Products /  
Atom /  
Mole /  
Coefficient /  
Subscript /  
Molecule /  
Chemical equation  /  
Additional Terms that may be used (not required)    
[Atom count] /  
[Mole ratio] /  
[                    ]    
Subtotal / 10
     
Other requirements - deductions may be taken:    
All equations and formulas used in the book must be correct! /  
Processes must be correct /  
Must be on child level (it’s a children’s book) but must be accurate and teach good chemistry (it’s also a chemistry project)! /  
No typos!    
References cited if necessary, including pics from internet    
No plagiarism!    
Deduction Subtotal  -           /  
     
     
Other    
"About the Author" section can be included on inside or on back cover for bonus / 5
     
ELL students may write bi-ligual books! (but English must be included so I can grade them)!    
     
     
TOTAL / 53

Happy Writing!  See you next year!!!