Electron Configuration Lesson Plan

Instructor: Joanne Abramson

Joanne has taught middle school and high school science for more than ten years and has a master's degree in education.

Teach students how to write electron configurations with a couple of short videos, step-by-step instructions, suggested practice problems and a hands-on activity.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define the term 'electron configuration'
  • Write the electron configurations for the elements of the periodic table
  • Demonstrate how electron orbitals are filled in accordance with Aufbau Principle, Pauli's Exclusion Principle and Hund's Rule

Length

1-1.5 hours

Materials

  • Colored pencils
  • Copies of the periodic table
  • Two colors of pony beads or other plastic markers
  • Large, empty diagrams of the electron orbitals

Curriculum Standards

  • NGSS Structure and Properties of Matter Standard: HS-PS1-1

Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.4

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 11-12 texts and topics.

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