Classroom Resources: Atomic Structure


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  • Periodic Table, Model of the Atom, Valence Electrons, Subatomic Particles, Electrons, Ions | Middle School, High School

    Lab: Sweet Model of the Atom

    In this lesson, students will use different candies to represent electrons, protons, and neutrons to gain a better understanding of atoms, ions, and isotopes.

  • Periodic Table, Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding, Electron Configuration, Atomic Radius, Electrons, Orbitals | High School

    Activity: Planet P-10

    In this activity, students will create a periodic table using orbital rules from a planet called P-10 and identify periodic trends and bonding rules.

  • Periodic Table, Model of the Atom, Subatomic Particles, Atomic Radius, Ionic Radius, Electrons | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Animation: Atomic & Ionic Radii Animation

    In this animation, students will have an opportunity to visualize atomic and ionic radii. They will look at the different sizes of atoms in the third period and the atoms in the sixth group. They will also look at an atom and its cation as well as an atom and its anion. **This video has no audio**

  • Periodic Table, Model of the Atom, Quantum Numbers, Electron Configuration, Subatomic Particles, Electrons | High School

    Animation: Orbitals Animation

    In this animation, students will visualize how orbitals are superimposed upon one another within an atom, in three dimensions. The orbitals depicted in this animation are 1s, 2s, 2p, 3s, 3p, 4s, and 3d. **This video has no audio**

  • History, Model of the Atom, Atomic Theory, Subatomic Particles, Radioactive Isotopes | Middle School, High School

    Video: Ernest Rutherford Video

    Rutherford's initial research was studying alpha particles, which he hypothesized were helium nuclei. With the help of Hans Geiger, Rutherford conducted the gold foil experiment, which justifies that the nucleus of an atom is a dense collection of protons and contains the majority of an atom’s mass. It also inferred that most of the atom is empty space and electrons are not located in the nucleus. He won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1908 for his studies on radioactive substances.

  • History, Periodic Table, Model of the Atom, Atomic Theory, Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: Dimitri Mendeleev Video

    This video tells the story of how Dimitri Mendeleev organized the periodic table, even leaving gaps to be filled in with elements that weren't yet discovered.

  • Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: History of the Periodic Table Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells the story of the development of the periodic table. He also pays tribute to each of the major scientific contributors, including Dimitri Mendeleev, who made great discoveries through their efforts to best organize the elements.

  • Observations, Physical Properties, History, Model of the Atom | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Video: Ancient Chemistry Video

    This video traces the history of chemistry from the discovery of fire, through the various metal ages, and finally to the great philosophers.

  • Introduction, Elements, History, Periodic Table, Atoms, Subatomic Particles, Electrons | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Activity: Writing Your Name using Chemical Element Symbols

    In this activity, students will use their creativity to spell their name (first or middle name and their last name) using chemical symbols of elements on the periodic table. For example, you can spell Yvonne using the symbols for yttrium (Y), vanadium (V), oxygen (O), nitrogen (N), and neon (Ne).

  • Isotopes, Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles, Experimental Design | High School

    Lab: Isotopes Make Cents

    In this lab, students use a sample of pennies to mimic how average atomic mass is calculated.

  • Review, Polyatomic Ions, Ions | High School

    Activity: Trade Ions

    In this activity, students will learn common ions by creating notecards and quizzing each other.

  • Observations, Introduction, Elements, History, Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Culminating Project, Matter | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Is a Picture Worth 1000 Words?

    In this activity, students will learn about early chemistry discoveries through a textbook reading as well as from a cartoon.

  • Periodic Table, Naming Compounds, Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding, Molecular Formula, Valence Electrons, Subatomic Particles, Lewis Dot Diagrams, Molecular Geometry, Lewis Structures, Ions | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Simulation Activity: Ionic and Covalent Bonding

    In this simulation, students investigate both ionic and covalent bonding. Students will have the opportunity to interact with many possible combinations of atoms and will be tasked with determining the type of bond and the number of atom needed to form each. The simulation visually differentiates between the transferring of electrons when forming an ionic compound and the sharing of electrons when forming a covalent compound so that students can have a complete understanding of each. Finally, students will become familiar with the molecular formula, as well as the naming system for each type of bond and geometric shape, when applicable.

  • Model of the Atom, Review, Isotopes, Balancing Equations, Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles, Lewis Dot Diagrams, Electrons, Ions | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Tic-Tac-Toe Review

    In this activity students collaborate to complete tic-tac-toe review questions to prepare for a test on the atomic structure unit. The idea behind the activity is to give students choice and you can read more about the inspiration for the activity in the May issue of Chemistry Solutions.

  • Physical Properties, Elements, History, Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Identifying an Unknown, Valence Electrons, Subatomic Particles, Atomic Radius, Ionic Radius, Ionization Energy, Electron Affinity, Chemical Properties, Electrons, Ions | High School

    Lesson Plan: The Periodic Table Unit Plan

    The AACT high school classroom resource library and multimedia collection has everything you need to put together a unit plan for your classroom: lessons, activities, labs, projects, videos, simulations, and animations. We constructed a unit plan using AACT resources that is designed to teach the Periodic Table to your students.

  • History, Model of the Atom, Interdisciplinary, Culminating Project, Atomic Theory | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Scientist Infographic

    In this activity, students will design and publish an infographic focused on a well-known scientist and their contribution to the development of the atomic model.

  • Observations, Inferences, Atomic Spectra, Emission Spectrum, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Activity Series, Emission Spectrum, Ions | High School

    Lab: Flame Test: Going Further

    In this lab, students will investigate the colors produced when several mixtures of metallic ions are placed in a flame.

  • Quantum Numbers, Electron Configuration, Electrons, Orbitals | High School

    Lesson Plan: Quantum Numbers

    In this lesson plan, students complete a worksheet answering questions regarding quantum numbers.

  • Atomic Theory, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Law of Conservation of Energy, Electrons | High School

    Activity: Simulation Activity: Exciting Electrons

    In this simulation, students will explore what happens when electrons within a generic atom are excited from their ground state. This is a qualitative investigation, not meant to mimic any particular atom.

  • Physical Properties, History, Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Isotopes, Electron Configuration, Valence Electrons, Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles, Atomic Radius, Chemical Properties, Electrons, Orbitals | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Ptable.com Investigations

    In this activity, students will use the online periodic table found at www.ptable.com to investigate a number of chemistry concepts. Students will use this online resource to explore information about the elements, including historical data, physical properties, periodic trends and more.

  • Elements, History, Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Interdisciplinary | Middle School, High School

    Project: Element Baby Book

    In this activity, students will “adopt” an element and create a baby book about their “new baby” while they research and learn about the element.

  • Electricity, Electrostatic Forces, Subatomic Particles, Electrons, Electrons, Graphing | High School

    Lab: Electromagnetic Forces in the Atom

    In this lab, students will better understand that opposite charges attract each other, and like charges repel.

  • Electron Configuration | High School

    Activity: E-config Battleship

    In this activity, students review electron configurations by using the periodic table like a Battleship board.

  • Periodic Table, Atomic Radius, Ionization Energy, Electron Affinity | High School

    Activity: Periodic Trends Investigation

    In this activity, students investigate trends in atomic radius, electron affinity, and ionization energy using an online interactive periodic table.

  • Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Valence Electrons, Subatomic Particles, Atomic Radius, Ionic Radius, Electron Affinity, Electrons, Ions | High School

    Activity: Periodic Trends II: Electron Affinity, Atomic Radius, & Ionic Radius

    In this simulation, students will focus their investigation on the electron affinity of an atom. Through the use of this simulation students will have the opportunity to examine the formation of an anion as well as compare the atomic radius of a neutral atom to the ionic radius of its anion.

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