Classroom Resources: Molecules & Bonding


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  • Covalent Bonding, VSEPR Theory, Molecular Geometry, Lewis structures | High School

    Activity: VSEPR with Balloons

    In this activity, students will explore Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion Theory using balloon models. Since balloons tend to take up as much space as they can when tied together, they can look like models of central atoms in VSEPR theory, making a great metaphor for the model. This activity is an extension of the activity, Shapes of Molecules found on the AACT website.

  • Polarity, Covalent Bonding, VSEPR Theory, Electronegativity, Lewis structures | High School

    Activity: Properties of Common Molecular Substances

    In this activity, students will apply their knowledge of molecular polarity, shape, and intermolecular forces to explain the differences in properties between different covalent substances.

  • Polarity, Covalent Bonding, VSEPR Theory, Electronegativity, Lewis structures | High School

    Activity: Modeling Molecular Polarity

    In this activity, students will use electronegativity values and their knowledge of covalent bonding to model the bonds in a molecule. Using this information they will learn how to determine the overall polarity of a molecule.

  • Intermolecular Forces, Polarity, Covalent Bonding, Lewis structures | High School

    Lab: Exploring Intermolecular Forces and Properties of Liquids

    In this lab, students will compare and assess the effects of polarity and intermolecular forces of different liquid samples.

  • Covalent Bonding, Molecular Structure, VSEPR Theory, Molecular Geometry, Lewis structures | High School

    Activity: Discovering Molecular Shapes

    In this activity, students will use tactile methods (manipulation of connected strings) and a computer simulation to discover how electron-electron repulsion determines the 3D VSEPR geometric shapes of simple covalent molecules. It will allow them to practice drawing Lewis structures as well as deepen their understanding of the connection between a molecule’s structure and its shape.

  • Naming Compounds, Molecular Formula, Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding, Percent Composition, Lewis structures | High School

    Lesson Plan: Chemical Names and Formulas Unit Plan

    The AACT high school classroom resource library 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 Chemical Names and Formulas to your students.

  • 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.

  • Catalysts, Activation Energy, Molecular Geometry, Resonance, Order of Reaction , Lewis structures, Activation Energy, Energy Diagrams | High School

    Lesson Plan: The Downside to Catalysts - An Exploration of CFC's on the Ozone Layer

    In this lesson students will make observations of a colorful homogenous catalyst and intermediate in a reaction demonstration that will spark their interests. They will then work in teams to analyze graphs and data sets in order to make a real-world connection to AP topics in kinetics such as catalysts, intermediates and reaction mechanisms by exploring how CFCs work to break down the ozone layer. Students will also investigate and discuss this environmental issue.

  • 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 | High School, Middle 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.

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