Classroom Resources: Atomic Structure
101 – 119 of 119 Classroom Resources
Introduction, Elements, Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Electrons | Middle School, High School
In this activity, students will learn about what makes up an atom and how important protons are in the placement of elements on the periodic table.
Naming Compounds, Ionic Bonding, Ions, Intramolecular Forces | High School
In this activity, students will construct ionic compounds by balancing the charges on cations and anions.
Electricity, Energy & Thermodynamics, Subatomic Particles, Law of Conservation of Energy, Cathode, Anode, Electron Transfer, Electrons, Electrons | Middle School
In this lesson students will explore the chemical reaction that occurs within a lead-acid car battery and the role of the battery within a car prior to creating their own batteries.
Atoms, Model of the Atom, Isotopes, Atomic Theory, Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles, Ions | Middle School, High School
In this simulation, students manipulate the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons in an element and determine how these effect the mass number, atomic number, and other properties of an atom.
Atomic Spectra, Interdisciplinary, Identifying an Unknown, Emission Spectrum, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Emission Spectrum | Middle School, High School
In this lab, the students will make and use a spectroscope to identify the spectra within various types of light bulbs. The students will then develop an improved design for the spectroscope.
Valence Electrons, Lewis Dot Diagrams | High School
In this activity, students will create a mini periodic table of elements using Lewis dot diagrams to represent each element up to calcium.
Isotopes, Measurements, Atomic Mass | High School
In this activity, students will determine the average atomic mass of a sample of an imaginary element called Beanium.
Elements, Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Atomic Mass, Electrons | Middle School
In this project, students will first work with a partner to select a common element from the periodic table to research. They will create a video using iPods to present their research and they will access the Aurasma app on iPods to upload their video. Students will create a trigger image using a picture of the element from the periodic table. Secondly, the students will use the Aurasma App to scan a different element’s trigger image and will use information from another group’s video to construct a model that replicates the atomic structure for the selected element.
Elements, History, Atoms, Isotopes, Atomic Theory, Subatomic Particles | Middle School, High School
In this activity, students choose from a number of activity options in order to best display their understanding of atomic structure. The RAFT model will be followed for this assignment, which means the students choose their assignment and may modify the assignment based on Role, Audience, Format, and Topic.
Molecular Formula, Atomic Mass, Molar Mass | High School
In this activity, students determine molecular formulas given formula masses and a limited number of atoms.
Elements, Atoms, Interdisciplinary, Naming Compounds, Molecular Structure, Chemical Bond, Matter | Elementary School
In this lesson, students explore the structure of matter by designing, building, comparing, and evaluating models of a variety of simple molecules.
Atoms, Model of the Atom, Atomic Theory, Emission Spectrum, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Subatomic Particles, Emission Spectrum, Electrons | High School
This activity is designed for students to build a scientific argument about the relationship between energy and spectral lines by exploring how light interacts with atoms. In the process, students will examine proposed models of the hydrogen atom and use collected data to analyze the proposed models. They will then select one of the models and write a scientific argument to support their choice. Students will then review additional data to support and/or refute their selection. Based on their analysis, students will revise their selected model and construct a new argument to support their revisions.
Physical Properties, Periodic Table, Identifying an Unknown, Atomic Radius, Ionization Energy, Electronegativity | High School
In this activity, students will use their knowledge of Periodic Trends to analyze and identify unknown elements and organize them correctly in the Periodic Table.
Precipitate, Naming Compounds, Ionic Bonding, Molecular Formula, Ions | Middle School
In this activity, students are assigned an ion and form bonds with their classmates, recording the formula and name of the compound they created.
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
In the September 2016 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. Students will become familiar with the molecular formula, as well as the naming system for each type of bond and geometric shape, when applicable.
Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Valence Electrons, Subatomic Particles, Atomic Radius, Ionic Radius, Electron Affinity, Electrons, Ions | High School
The May 2016 simulation is a follow-up to the March 2016 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.
Periodic Table, Atoms, Model of the Atom, Valence Electrons, Subatomic Particles, Atomic Radius, Ionic Radius, Ionization Energy, Electrons, Ions | High School
In this simulation for the March 2016 issue, students can investigate the periodic trends of atomic radius, ionization energy, and ionic radius. By choosing elements from the periodic table, atoms can be selected for a side by side comparison and analysis. Students can also attempt to ionize an atom by removing its valence electrons. Quantitative data is available for each periodic trend, and can be further examined in a graph.
Physical Properties, History, Periodic Table, Interdisciplinary, Review, Culminating Project, Isotopes, Electron Configuration, Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles, Chemical Properties | Middle School, High School
In this project, students will learn the importance of the elements in our lives. The students will research one chosen element and create a website, a digital comic strip, or a video to explain the important properties of the element as well as why the element is so important to our lives.
Atomic Theory, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Law of Conservation of Energy, Electrons | High School
In the March 2015 issue, students explore what happens when electrons within a generic atom are excited from their ground state. They will see that when an electron relaxes from an excited state to its ground state, energy is released in the form of electromagnetic radiation.