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macca
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Hi Brains Trust

We normally do flame test with Yr9 +, question is I have a teacher wishing to do with Yr7.
Do you do with year 7s?
Do you do a simplified version if so what chemicals eg., Sodium Chloride.

I can't even see what topic she would be relating too, unless she is jumping ahead to states of matter!
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Oh why?? Agree, not normally a prac that anyone would consider doing with Year 7. If the teacher insists, I'd be soaking paddle pop sticks in solution. Don't give them spray bottles 8O
Better still a demonstration or a Youtube video!
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Yeah, I'd be pointing out to the year 7 teacher that if they do it now, they won't want to do it in yr 9. Maybe a demonstration of two compounds to show there's a difference would be ok, but not the full "flame test" prac. Is she an approachable teacher? Can you find out what point she is wanting to make and suggest an alternative? Feel free to come back here for ideas!
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We have done it as a forensic prac. Maybe for Yr 7 :- Elements? I think sometimes we have done it in yrs 7,8,9,10 and 11!!! I think we usually do it in yr 10. And then with spectroscopes etc as seniors. I usually go the toothpick dipped in water then salt then burnt. Demos might be best for yr 7 if it's a big group.
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I have just had a look through several different Y7 textbooks that we have here and none of them mention flame tests. What Y7 textbook are you using? Even Y7 states of matter practicals don't cover flame tests. If push comes to shove then paddle pop sticks soaked in solutions. Keep the pretty flame test solutions for later year levels.
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Lyn wrote: 05 May 2021, 10:54 I have just had a look through several different Y7 textbooks that we have here and none of them mention flame tests. What Y7 textbook are you using? Even Y7 states of matter practicals don't cover flame tests. If push comes to shove then paddle pop sticks soaked in solutions. Keep the pretty flame test solutions for later year levels.
No it's not in ours either and they are still doing "The Solar System" new young teacher, I have a meeting with her. Will let you know the outcome.
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Thanks everyone,

Yeah wants to relate to solar system, but I've said no, she just wants to do a prac I think. So as a demo only, these kids are still having trouble lighting bunsens. They are never going to understand what, why or how to do the prac., but anyway. Teacher didn't want it referred to the HT so we have compromised with a demo.
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macca wrote: 05 May 2021, 12:43 Thanks everyone,

Yeah wants to relate to solar system, but I've said no, she just wants to do a prac I think. So as a demo only, these kids are still having trouble lighting bunsens. They are never going to understand what, why or how to do the prac., but anyway. Teacher didn't want it referred to the HT so we have compromised with a demo.
Good negotiating! She must know she doesn't really have a valid reason if she doesn't want the HT involved! I'm struggling to relate flame tests to the solar system though... different star colours? That's to do with heat not chemical composition though, isn't it? Anyway, good outcome if both the teacher and labbie are happy!
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