Bonding Activities for High School Chemistry

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Helping students understand how bonding works is a significant part of teaching high school chemistry. This lesson provides some activities that will make it more fun for your students to learn about bonding.

Teaching Bonding

As a high school chemistry teacher, you know how important the topic of bonding is in the context of your curriculum. Understanding bonding will enhance your students' comprehension of how chemistry is applied in a variety of real world situations and will help them look more deeply at the chemical composition of different materials.

To teach more about bonding, it can help if you have some activities to incorporate into your instruction. After all, almost all students can benefit from work that keeps them engaged and focused and lets them work from a variety of learning styles and strengths. The activities in this lesson will teach your students a great deal about bonding while still keeping them motivated for chemistry!

Visual Activities

The activities in this section are well-suited to learners who like to work with images and graphic organizers.

Compare and Contrast

This is a simple activity that students can work on independently or with partners.

Ask them to create a three-way Venn diagram that compares and contrasts three different kinds of bonds, including covalent, polar covalent, ionic, hydrogen, etc. They should show what is similar and different about the bonds they are analyzing. See if they can get at least two items in each segment of their Venn diagram, then allow them to present and discuss their work with classmates.

Diagram a Bond

This is another activity that works well with partners.

Assign each partnership one specific type of bond to focus on, such as covalent or ionic. Ask them to create a diagram that represents exactly what happens when the atoms come together in this type of bond. Diagrams should include a before and after segment. Then, let students share their diagrams and discuss similarities and differences depending on what kind of bond they were looking at.

Tactile Activities

Here, you will find activities that require students to use their hands and bodies when working with bonding.

Act It Out

This fun activity will let your students take on the roles of atoms, molecules, and electrons, as well as ions when relevant.

Have students work in small groups and assign each group one kind of compound or molecule to think about. They should create a skit or even dance that shows what happens when atoms bond to form this specific type of molecule or compound. Leave time for students to share their bond performances with classmates!

Building Bonds

Have students work with partners for this activity. Each partnership should work with clay or recycled materials. Their task is to build a model that shows exactly what happens between two or more atoms in the creation of a particular type of bond.

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