Protons, Neutrons, and Electrons

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. Groups then charge the plastic again and see how it reacts to other objects. Part one in a series of six. 

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Complete both included extension activities, as they will help learners thoroughly understand the concepts
  • Share the positive/negative charts under the "Explain" section with groups, but make class members draw the two seen under "Explore and Extend" so teachers can see their understanding
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes pupils have some understanding of the parts of an atom
  • This is the first lesson in a series of six
  • Includes teacher reference materials, activity sheet and answer key, and video links
  • Activity utilizes the 5E model
  • Materials are simple and easy to gather
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