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Ch 4: Atomic Structure Lesson Plans & Activities

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Use our lesson plans to share fun classroom activities with your science class that focus on atoms and molecules. You can incorporate these lesson plans into your current syllabus to keep students engaged and take advantage of creative ways to help them retain details about these topics.

Atomic Structure Lesson Plans & Activities - Chapter Summary

Our lesson plans are designed as supplemental resources you can use to make your teaching of atomic structure more interactive and interesting to your students. They'll enjoy participating in games and completing various types of projects and physical activities that teach them about atoms, molecules, atomic numbers and atomic theory. These games include running relays, drawing molecular structures and using flashcards.

You can also incorporate our video and text lessons into your exiting lesson plans to further clarify information about atomic structure and generate classroom discussions about relevant figures and models of modern atomic theory, the history of atomic structure and more.

How It Helps

  • Common core: Helps to ensure that your lesson plans satisfy common core standards regarding scientific symbols and concepts.
  • Activities or games: Provides step-by-step instructions and brief descriptions about games and activities related to atomic structure concepts that keep students engaged and better able to understand this material.
  • Additional resources: Video and text lessons to facilitate classroom discussions and provide a background on atoms, molecules and more.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning atomic structure lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific atomic structure topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related atomic structure lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of atomic structure.
  • Engage your students with relevant atomic structure-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

18 Lessons in Chapter 4: Atomic Structure Lesson Plans & Activities
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Atom Lesson Plan for Elementary School

1. Atom Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Get your elementary students excited about atoms with a hands-on lesson. This lesson plan introduces young students to protons, electrons and neutrons with a text lesson, pair and group discussion, a demonstration and a kinesthetic activity.

What is an Atom? - Lesson for Kids

2. What is an Atom? - Lesson for Kids

This lesson will introduce you to the atom, which is the smallest building block of everything in our universe. You will learn about the basic structure of atoms and how they form different substances.

Atom Lesson Plan

3. Atom Lesson Plan

Atoms make up everything in our world. Your students will become familiar with atoms as they watch an interesting educational video on atoms, draw atoms from a molecule and take a quiz.

Atomic Number Lesson Plan

4. Atomic Number Lesson Plan

Learning about subatomic particles can be dull; however, this lesson plan allows students to learn all of the associated vocabulary in fun, interactive ways while also focusing on class- and team-building activities.

Atomic Number and Mass Number

5. Atomic Number and Mass Number

Atoms are the basic building blocks of everything around you. In order to really understand how atoms combine to form molecules, it's necessary to be familiar with their structure. In this lesson, we'll dissect atoms so we can see just what really goes into those little building blocks of matter.

Atomic Structure History Lesson Plan

6. Atomic Structure History Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce your students to the atom and the history of the theorization of its structure. Students will read a text lesson, discuss the structure of atoms, and complete a comparative activity.

Atomic Structure: Definition, History & Timeline

7. Atomic Structure: Definition, History & Timeline

From its philosophical roots to the modern-day scientific model, learn the basic history and structure of the atom, the basic building block of all matter.

Atomic Theory Lesson Plan

8. Atomic Theory Lesson Plan

Teach your students about atomic theory with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson discussing atomic theory, its evolution and scientists who played a significant role. Students ask and answer questions and complete an activity to reinforce learning.

Modern Atomic Theory: Electron Clouds, Schrodinger & Heisenberg

9. Modern Atomic Theory: Electron Clouds, Schrodinger & Heisenberg

Does an atom look more like a solar system or a cloud? Learn how the early atomic theory has evolved into the modern atomic theory and changed the way science views the atom. Learn about contributions from Schrodinger and Heisenberg.

3D Atom Model Project Ideas

10. 3D Atom Model Project Ideas

Everything is made from atoms making it important for students to understand their structure and components. This asset contains project ideas for students to build their own 3-D models of atoms.

Atoms & Molecules Activities

11. Atoms & Molecules Activities

Do your students' eyes start to glaze over during class lectures? Is it time to bring out the games. This lesson offers engaging activities to support your lectures on atoms and molecules.

Electron Configuration Lesson Plan

12. Electron Configuration Lesson Plan

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.

Electron Configurations in Atomic Energy Levels

13. Electron Configurations in Atomic Energy Levels

This lesson will explain what the electrons are doing inside the atom. Tune in to find out how we specify where they are located and how this location description will help us predict an element's properties.

Ground State Electron Configuration: Definition & Example

14. Ground State Electron Configuration: Definition & Example

The atom's electron structure is very important because it tells us about an atom's reactivity, and physical properties as well. In this lesson, we will cover the ground state electron configuration, which determines the electron's structure.

Electron Configuration Activities & Games

15. Electron Configuration Activities & Games

Electron configurations can be challenging for students to understand. Activities and games make it easier and more fun. Check out some of these ideas and try them in your classroom.

Electron Shell Lesson Plan

16. Electron Shell Lesson Plan

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.

Atomic Structure Lesson Plan

17. Atomic Structure Lesson Plan

The atom is a basic unit of matter. In this helpful lesson, your students will view a video lesson on the atom, take a related quiz, and finally take part in a fun hands-on activity to reinforce newly learned concepts about the atom.

3D Bohr Model Project Ideas

18. 3D Bohr Model Project Ideas

The Bohr model is integral to our modern understanding of atomic structures. These project ideas can help your students explore the Bohr model by making 3D models of their own.

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