There are many small and minor activities that can be used to further the knowledge of your students.
One good example of a small and simple yet effective activity is the "Metal, Nonmetal, Metalloid Vocabulary Activity." In this activity, students are given 11 words (for example ductile and malleable), and then asked to pair those terms with the definition and an example that illustrates the terms. Once students have accomplished this task, they then arrange the words under one of three categories: metals, nonmetals, or metalloids. This is a simple activity that students can accomplish in a relatively short amount of time.
When teaching about metals, nonmetals, and metalloids, one of the things I observed was that the information was relatively simple for students to comprehend. As a result, I found that I tended to spend little time on the topic and little time was generally expected at the department/district level. The topic is easy so why spend much time on it? However, while this information is simple and easier for students to comprehend, remembering that information was another matter. My solution is this vocab activity. It is simple, doesn't take up a lot of time and provides extra practice without requiring extra worksheets! (Be sure to check out this activity in the Chemistry with Confidence Teachers Pay Teachers Store!).
This is just one of many activities...but there are many more that I believe can be effective...
When teaching scientists, I use a manipulative match-up activity where students must match statements or pictures with the correct scientist. It is just another way for students to practice their factual knowledge of chemistry history. After having students complete the activity once, they can complete it again a second time either another class period or the same class while being timed to see how fast they can piece together the information. The activity is being used to help drill information into students minds - in a fun way of course :) (Be sure to check out this activity at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Whos-that-Scientist-2670924 )
Presented here are just a few examples of the simple activities I use to help drill and practice information with my students in a fun and meaningful manner! They might be high school students, but they still need to learn the information and some fun activities are a great way to do that in your classroom. I personally find that not only do students like this better, but I as the teacher enjoy it as well. More activities = less paper grading for me! Plus, it is definitely more fun to interact with your students as they complete activities than while they are completing worksheets!
Happy Teaching :)
- Founder of Chemistry with Confidence