Instead of lecture notes

It takes a bit longer, but sometimes you can have students write their own notes from examples. I used this last week. Rather than lecture about what is in each of the 16 sections of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), I gave students copies of five MSDS, and asked them to write the title of each section, and summarize what kind of information is in each section. I gave them a worksheet with an empty table to structure the activity a bit more. After the table I put some questions that required close reading of the MSDS to answer (like what chemical is the most hazardous, cite evidence from the MSDS to support your claim.

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