Isotopes

What better way is there to learn about isotopes than to play with them? Chemistry high schoolers manipulate the number of protons and neutrons in a hands-on activity. Individuals try to score the largest number of points by collecting the most viable isotopes created from the subatomic particles present during each round of play.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Award high scorers with fun chemistry-themed prizes
  • Add a bonus challenge to the game by having pupils identify isotopes made during each match that are not shown on the included cards
Classroom Considerations

  • Charge a helpful student with the task of cutting out cards and assisting with isotope bowl creation
  • The link to the activity takes you to the wrong one; the correct activity is accessible in the materials section
Pros

  • Teacher's guide includes a score sheet, materials guide, and playing cards
  • The activity promotes thinking and reasoning, as pupils must assess the situation each time a player changes the protons and neutrons in that round of play
Cons

  • None