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Lewis Dot Structure Activities & Games

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

If your class is studying chemical reactions and bonds, learning about Lewis dot structures is important. Use these multi-sensory games and activities to help students better understand Lewis dot structures.

Connecting the Dots

Most students probably enjoy taking a nice dip in a lake, ocean, or pool during hot summer days, but they've probably never thought about how hydrogen and oxygen combine to form the crisp cool waves they splash around in. When students learn about Lewis dot structures, they can understand how atoms combine to form familiar compounds, such as water and carbon dioxide. Additionally, students can use this understanding to predict which atoms will combine and how they will bond together.

Let's look at some activities and games to help students learn about Lewis dot structures.


Example of a Lewis dot structure for chlorine
chlorine


Dot Race

Have students use bingo daubers as they race to create Lewis dot structures for elements.

Materials

  • Copies of element papers
  • Bingo daubers
  • Periodic table of the elements

Teacher Directions

Preparation

  • Prior to the game, create sets of papers with a symbol for a chemical element printed in the center of each paper.

Game

  • Show the class the periodic table of the elements. Define 'valence electrons' and discuss the number of valance electrons for elements located in different columns of the periodic table.
  • Model how to draw Lewis dot structure diagrams for various elements.
  • Divide the class into teams and provide each team with a bingo dauber and a set of the element papers you created.
  • When you say 'go,' have students on each team take turns using the bingo dauber to put dots around each element to show its Lewis dot structure.
  • The first team to correctly create the Lewis dot structures for all their elements wins.

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