Covalent Bonding of Carbon Dioxide

How does a polar molecule, H2O, compare with a nonpolar molecule, CO2? Young chemists learn the similarities and differences between their covalent bonds and properties. They practice applying prior knowledge in a new way to reinforce the concepts.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils submit an exit ticket explaining the differences between covalent bonds of water and covalent bonds of carbon dioxide
  • Challenge scholars to think of another metaphor for double bonds being stronger than single bonds
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of angles, chemical properties, and double bonds
Pros

  • Links to related videos help extend the lesson
  • Offers cues to pause the video and think through higher-level questions to take the concept further
Cons

  • None
Common Core