Atomic Theory Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your students about atomic theory with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson discussing atomic theory, its evolution and scientists who played a significant role. Students ask and answer questions and complete an activity to reinforce learning.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain atomic theory and its evolution
  • discuss associated scientists and their role in atomic theory


1.5 hours


  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Markers, colored pencils, crayons and other art supplies
  • Then and now images depicting atomic theory

Key Vocabulary

  • Atomic theory
  • Erwin Schrodinger
  • Werner Heisenberg
  • Electron
  • Bohr model
  • Uncertainty principle
  • Modern atomic theory
  • Electron cloud

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.9

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