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Electron Shell Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson will help your students describe the electron shell of an atom. Students will watch a video lesson, participate in group activities, and assess their knowledge.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the electron shell of an atom
  • understand the association between energy and electron clouds
  • identify the relationship between the position of an element on the periodic table and its reactivity

Length

This lesson will take 45-90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

NGSS.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.

NGSS.HS-PS1-2.

Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.

Materials Needed

  • Illustration or model of an atom
  • Magnets (one per student)
  • Periodic tables

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