Classroom Resources: Molecules & Bonding


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  • Molecular Formula, Mole Concept, Dimensional Analysis, Molar Mass | High School

    Activity: Calculating Moles in Daily Life

    In this activity, students will use dimensional analysis to complete calculations and conversions for the number of moles, atoms, and molecules in several everyday household items using collected data.

  • Physical Properties, History, Covalent Bonding, Polymers, Culminating Project, VSEPR Theory, Chemical Properties | High School

    Project: The Evolution of Materials Science in Everyday Products

    In this project, students will be able to understand the progression of development of an everyday product and display their knowledge through a creative video. They will investigate the history and chemical composition of the product through the present day. The students will then suggest an innovation about how the product can be altered in the future to improve society.

  • Molecular Structure, Molecular Geometry, Bond Energy | High School

    Activity: Find the Best Bond Angle and Bond Length of Water

    In this activity, students participate in an introductory level computational chemistry investigation. Students will interact with computational software to conduct this activity and will analyze data to determine the best bond angle and bond length of a water molecule.

  • Polyatomic Ions, Naming Compounds, Ionic Bonding | High School

    Activity: Introduction to Naming and Formula Writing for Ionic Compounds

    In this activity, students will be introduced to ionic compound formulas and names. They will group prepared cut-outs to note similarities and differences among different classes of ionic compounds (i.e. binary and ternary, including metals with varying charges). The goal is not to be equipped to write names and formulas for ionic compounds, but to recognize trends in naming.

  • Polarity, Covalent Bonding, VSEPR Theory, Valence Electrons, Atomic Radius, Electronegativity, Lewis Structures | High School

    Project: Molecular Modeling

    In this project, students will research a molecule selected from the teacher approved list, construct a three-dimensional model of the molecule, and present their research to the class in a 7-10 minute oral presentation.

  • Molecular Structure, VSEPR Theory, Molecular Geometry | High School

    Activity: VSEPR Modeling

    In this activity, students construct physical models of molecular shapes. However, students are not told what the preferred arrangements of electron pair domains are. Instead, they derive the arrangements. Students are given the opportunity to conceptualize what is happening when one electron pair domain acts upon another, and to understand how those interactions result in the molecular geometries predicted by VSEPR theory.

  • Elements, History, Periodic Table, Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding, Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles | Middle School, High School

    Project: Exploring Elements

    In this project, students will select an element and then use Ptable.com to explore aspects of the element including its periodicity, electron configuration, history, and uses in industry.

  • Polarity, Periodic Table, Molecular Structure, VSEPR Theory, Electronegativity | High School

    Activity: Making Connections between Electronegativity, Molecular Shape, and Polarity

    In this activity, students will find the electronegativity values of a variety of elements, draw the Lewis structures of select molecules that are made with those elements, and identify the molecular shape of each molecule. Students will then be asked to determine if the molecules are polar or nonpolar based on the electronegativity values of the atoms and the molecular shape. Students will use Ptable.com to find information about atoms and molecules and connect what they find to observable properties.

  • Naming Compounds, Molecular Formula, Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding, Stoichiometry, Classification of Reactions, Limiting Reactant | High School

    Activity: Isn't it Ionic

    In this activity students will form ionic compounds and covalent compounds using clues and questions. Students are going to then develop their own stoichiometric problems and have other groups attempt to solve it.

  • Naming Compounds, Molecular Formula, Covalent Bonding, Lewis Structures | High School

    Activity: Molecular Compound Dice

    In this activity students will use dice and element cards to name molecular compounds and draw their Lewis dot structures.

  • Naming Compounds, Ionic Bonding, Lewis Structures | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Ionic Bonding Puzzle

    In this activity, students match puzzle pieces to create neutral ionic compounds. Once they have made a neutral ionic compound they can use electron dot diagrams to show the formation of the compounds. Finally they will name the ionic compounds.

  • Physical Properties, Polarity, Molecular Structure | High School

    Activity: What Makes Water So Special?

    In this activity, students will become familiar with the special properties of water by completing several activities that investigate the following physical properties: cohesion, adhesion, surface tension, and capillary action.

  • Naming Compounds, Introduction, Interdisciplinary, Molecular Formula, Molecular Structure, Molecular Structure , Chemical Bond | Middle School, High School

    Activity: Modeling Carbohydrates

    In this activity, students will identify that organic compounds contain carbon and other elements such as hydrogen and oxygen. They will investigate the structure of different organic and inorganic compounds and model several molecules, including a carbohydrate molecule. They will use their models to help understand how larger molecules are broken down into smaller molecules.

  • Mixtures, Solubility, Intermolecular Forces, Polarity, Solute & Solvent, Intermolecular Forces, Molecular Geometry | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Animation: Solubility Animation

    In an animation, students will have an opportunity to visualize on the particulate level how solubility works. Examples of ionic compounds and a polar covalent compound show how when water is attracted to charged parts, they dissolve, and when they're not attracted to charged parts they stay solid. **This video has no audio**

  • Polarity, Molecular Formula, Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding | Elementary School, Middle School, High School

    Animation: Bonding Animation

    "In this animation, students will visualize how different chemical bonds form. Examples of ionic, covalent, and polar covalent bonds are animated, and then students are given a sample of compounds to predict the bonding types. **This video has no audio**"

  • Molecular Formula, Mole Concept, Dimensional Analysis, Measurements, Scientific Notation, Molar Mass, Significant Figures | High School

    Activity: Can You Color A Mole?

    In this activity, students determine how many moles of paraffin are used when they color a piece of paper as well as how many molecules and moles of wax are in one crayon.

  • Intermolecular Forces, Polarity, Physical Change, Intermolecular Forces | High School

    Activity: Intermolecular Forces Activity

    In this activity, students will represent molecules and energy to investigate the different types of intermolecular forces.

  • Naming Compounds, Molecular Formula, Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding, Molar Mass | High School

    Activity: Formula Card Game

    In this activity, students play a card game to practice creating chemical formulas.

  • Molecular Formula, History, Covalent Bonding, Molecular Structure, Functional Groups | High School

    Activity: Napoleon's Buttons Writing Assignment

    In this activity, students read Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson’s book Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History. They discuss the book in class and complete a written assignment based on the chemistry and history highlighted in the book.

  • Molecular Formula, Molar Mass, Atomic Mass | High School

    Activity: Molecule Building Tournament

    In this activity, students determine molecular formulas given formula masses and a limited number of atoms.

  • Interdisciplinary, Molecular Formula, History, Empirical Formula | High School

    Activity: Herbal Remedies

    In this activity, students learn how the modern atomic theory evolved. They further their understanding of empirical and molecular formulas through research and a presentation of an herbal remedy.

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

  • Molecular Formula, Periodic Table, Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding | High School

    Activity: Bondy (Rummy)

    In this activity, students play a game in which they use element cards to form compounds.

  • Physical Properties, Molecular Formula, History, Covalent Bonding, Molecular Structure, Chemical Properties | High School

    Activity: Molecule of the Week

    In this activity, students research and present a molecule they find relevant to real life, either in the past or present. They must submit notes to the teacher the day before they present their findings in five to 10 minutes to their chemistry class.

  • Covalent Bonding, VSEPR Theory, Molecular Geometry, Resonance | High School

    Activity: Shapes of Molecules

    In this activity, students will investigate the VSEPR geometry of covalent compounds. They will draw Lewis structures, use molecular models, and determine the geometry of covalent compounds. There is a lot of repetition so students gain a lot of practice.

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