When I first developed my ImagineIt idea, I knew I wanted it to center around students modeling aspects of chemistry on the atomic level. I wanted them to focus on what what happening that we cannot truly "see". So, I choose the topic of energy because energy is needed for any type of change to take place. However, once the school year started and I started having conversations with my students on a daily basis, my students reminded me about something. Every year, I have a great number of students that explain a scientific phenomenon using the word "magic". I always tell them there is no such thing as magic, and everything has an explanation...you just have to do enough research to explain it. Hearing this word magic over and over again gave me another lightbulb moment. I thought to myself, what if the focus of my project was DEMYSTIFYING MAGIC? Through this idea, student would still have the opportunity to model changes on the atomic level, but we would also be able to begin with their thoughts in a before and after sense. What do students think is happening when they see something with no prior knowledge and how do those thoughts change once they gain the knowledge in the classroom? My plan is to show students some type of chemical change taking place at the beginning of each unit, where I will implement my idea, and ask them to describe what is happening. Throughout the unit, we will always refer back to their thoughts to eliminate what was incorrect, but keep what is correct. Once we are done with all of the lessons, students will create a model that explains the true nature of what is really happening. How they create their explanation is up to them, but they will understand that the changes don't take place through magic anymore and will have the scientific knowledge and show this knowledge through their modeling. I will continue to tweet students work, pictures I take, and my thoughts as I go below using the hashtag #kenwoodchem.