Covalent Bonding Activities

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

There are lots of hands-on activities we can use to teach covalent bonding and help students picture what is happening. Here are several such classroom activities for you to try.

Covalent Bonding Activities

Covalent bonding is where two atoms (generally two non-metals) bond together by sharing electrons. Because of the nature of atoms sharing electrons to fill their outer shells, having students predict how this bonding will occur takes some practice. Students have to look at the number of electrons in the outer shells of two elements, and see how many electrons they would need to share in order to fill that shells and bond covalently. Practice is key to achieving this goal. So, here are some activities you can involve your students in that will keep them focused as they practice. Why not try these for yourself?

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