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Interactive
Concord Consortium

Atom and Ion Builder

For Students 6th - 12th
Explore and control the building blocks of atoms! Physical science superstars add and remove subatomic particles to create atoms and ions with an easy-to-use interactive. An alternate activity includes an assignment that focuses on the...
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Unit Plan
Columbus City Schools

To Measure its Mass or Volume?

For Teachers 6th Standards
Atoms, elements, and molecules, oh my! Teaching the fundamentals of chemistry to curious sixth graders has never been easier to accomplish. Here is a resource that pulls together everything needed to get them off to a good start,...
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American Chemical Society

Protons, Neutrons, and Electrons

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Atomic bombs harness the power in the nucleus of an atom, creating devastating power and damage. Classes review parts of an atom by charging a piece of plastic and holding it near their fingers, discussing what is happening and why....
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Atomic Musical Chairs

For Teachers 5th - 8th
An engaging activity enlightens young chemists in this lesson on atomic structure. They play musical chairs through a series of concentric circles that represent electon orbitals. A laundry basket in the middle holds the protons and...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

The Atoms Family ~ Atomic Math Challenge

For Students 5th - 8th
Bold boxes present parts of the periodic table, with some of the contents conveniently missing. Beginning chemists fill in the blanks, which may include the atomic number, atomic mass, atomic symbol, or element name. Beneath each box...
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Lesson Plan
American Institute of Physics

Women and the Manhattan Project

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The Manhattan Project was a massive undertaking involving multiple sites and thousands of scientists and technicians. To gain an understanding of the women who participated in the project, groups select an oral history of a woman...
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Lesson Plan
American Institute of Physics

African Americans and the Manhattan Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A lesson about the Manhattan Project will explode young physicists' understanding of the racial attitudes in the United States during and after World war II. Groups select an African American scientist or technician that worked on the...
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Activity
American Museum of Natural History

Atomic Mobile

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Structure an activity around atoms. Learners use their knowledge of the parts of atoms—the protons, neutrons, and electrons—to build a model of a carbon atom. Scholars create a nucleus by using clay balls to represent the protons and...
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PPT
NASA

Atoms, Elements, and Isotopes

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Rings and golden nuggets contain the element gold, but how small can you break it down before it is no longer considered gold? A helpful presentation explains the basics about atoms, elements, and isotopes through a presentation.
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Teach Engineering

Understanding Elements

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Nothing says organization quite like a table. The third lesson plan in a six-part Mixtures and Solutions unit teaches young scientists about elements and the periodic table. They learn how the periodic table is organized and about the...
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Teach Engineering

Gumdrop Atoms

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
There's nothing sticky about the resource, unless you count the gumdrops! Scholars create a model of a lithium atom, complete with protons, neutrons, and electrons. It's just that these models are made with gumdrops and toothpicks.
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Teach Engineering

The Building Blocks of Matter

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Everything can be reduced to atoms. The first installment of a six-part Mixtures and Solutions unit focuses on the building blocks of matter. Scholars review basic atomic structure, including protons, neutrons, and electrons, in...
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Interactive
Royal Society of Chemistry

Sub-Atomic Particles (14-16)

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
In 1897, J.J. Thomson discovered the electron, the first subatomic particle proven to exist. Scholars review their understanding of electrons, protons, and neutrons as they work through the puzzles. Each puzzle connects two or three...
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Interactive
Royal Society of Chemistry

Atomic Structure

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Changing the number of neutrons in an atom makes it an isotope, but it does not change the element. Pupils complete logic puzzles, matching isotopes with their unique number of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Either on paper or timed...
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Lesson Plan
Cornell University

Isotope Rummy

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Thanks to this game, teaching isotopes will never be the same. Physical science scholars work their way toward understanding isotopes in an entertaining game. Pupils play rummy in groups while practicing good sportsmanship and creating...
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Unit Plan
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Molecules to the Max!—Educators Resource Guide

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
From molecules to nanotubes, an engaging unit explores the world of tiny science. Fifteen hands-on experiments and lessons engage young scientists as they learn chemistry. Discussions, worksheets, and data analysis reinforce the concepts...
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Interactive
Concord Consortium

Structure of an Atom

For Students 9th - 12th
Feeling a little uncertain about your materials for teaching the quantum mechanical model of the atom? Here is an interactive that will help! Chemistry and physics scholars alike will benefit from a simple resource that illustrates the...
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Lesson Plan
Cornell University

Isotopes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What better way is there to learn about isotopes than to play with them? Chemistry students manipulate the number of protons and neutrons in a hands-on activity. Individuals try to score the largest number of points by collecting the...
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Interactive
CK-12 Foundation

Atoms to Molecules: Constructing Helium

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Protons and neutrons and electrons, oh my! Physical science scholars get hands-on with interactive atomic modeling. Starting with a simple helium atom, participants create and name ions, then build isotopes. Questions throughout the...
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Interactive
CK-12 Foundation

Addition of Integers: Adding Electrons

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Young mathematical scientists interact with protons and electrons in an atom to create a neutrally charged atom. They answer questions based on their findings throughout the interactive resource.
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PPT
Bowels Physics

Electrostatics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore behavior of particles that cannot be seen with a detailed PowerPoint presentation that outlines the basics of electrostatics. The presentation addresses the charge of subatomic particles, conductors and insulators, and induction...
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Interactive
PHET

Build an Atom

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars build specific elements by creating a model of its atomic structure. Objects they can include are protons, nuetrons, electrons, orbits, clouds, charge, and mass number. Simulation ends with questions to challenge individuals'...
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American Chemical Society

The Periodic Table

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Carbon is a unique element known to form up to 10 million different compounds. Scholars focus on the first 20 elements of the periodic table in order to learn how to read the table. They correctly match 20 cards with given information to...
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Unit Plan
Center for Applied Linguistics

Chemical Interactions: Atoms and Bonding

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Watch budding chemists interact with the resource on chemical interactions. In the unit, six lessons provide an overview of basic chemistry, from understanding the development of atomic theory to distinguishing between ionic and covalent...