Shapes of Molecules—Hybrid Orbitals

Take your chemistry class' knowledge of molecular geometry to the next level! Introduce orbital hybridization with a series of related games. Individuals complete a data table in the first activity, then solve Sudoku-like puzzles using bond angles, geometry, and hybridization terms.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Show a short video that includes before and after models of orbital hybridization before pupils complete the activity
  • Have the class explain in their own words why hybridization occurs
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners should have a strong understanding of orbitals and orbital shapes before beginning hybridization
Pros
  • Each puzzle is challenging and creates a strong connection between geometry and hybridization
  • Students can complete the activity online or on paper
Cons
  • None