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Introducing students to the periodic table in grade 9 involves teaching properties of elements (metals/non-metals/metalloids), groups (alkali metals, etc.), and how to read standard atomic notation. Using KAHOOT to teach this core (but often dry) lesson can increase student engagement and facilitate addressing student misconceptions.

The idea of teaching through prompting students to make errors has been studied previously. Kornell, Hays, and Bjork (2009) in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition showed that students are more capable of recalling new information after making unsuccessful attempts.

Tech Tool: KAHOOT is an online tech tool that allows teachers to create a game-based interactive assessment.

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