Ch 5: Atomic Structure Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Atomic Structure chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the fundamentals about this unit of matter in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Atomic Structure chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayThe atom
Atomic and mass number
Early atomic theory
Definition of atom, electron, proton, nucleus, mass, element
Definition of atomic number and mass number, how to use the nuclear symbol to learn about an atom's components
Pioneers in the study of atoms with a look at their work
Tuesday Isotopes and average atomic mass
Avogadro's number
Electron configurations in atomic energy levels
Definition of an isotope and the relation of isotope abundance to an element's atomic mass
Definition of Avogadro's number and why it is important, examples of how to use it in calculations
Purpose of electrons, how to determine their location in an atom and why this is important
Wednesday Atomic structures
Diamagnetism and paramagnetism
Explanations and uses of the Pauli exclusion principle, the Aufbau principle and Hund's rule
Definition and functions of diamagnetism and paramagnetism
Thursday Four quantum numbers
The Bohr model
The quantum numbers for electron configuration and how they are useful
Drawing of the hydrogen atom using the Bohr model, its relation to atomic spectra
Friday Heisenberg uncertainty principle
De Broglie hypothesis
Definition and equation for the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, how it is used
Definition of the de Broglie hypothesis, how it is used

22 Lessons in Chapter 5: Atomic Structure Lesson Plans
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The Atom

1. The Atom

Tune into this lesson to find out what matters about matter. What exactly is an atom? And, how do the atoms that make up the elements in the periodic table differ from one another?

Atomic Number and Mass Number

2. 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 Number Lesson Plan

3. 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.

Atoms & Molecules Activities

4. 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.

Atomic Mass Activities

5. Atomic Mass Activities

Want to make your atomic mass lesson a bit more exciting? This lesson contains several ideas for activities that will make learning about atomic mass more engaging and meaningful for students.

Properties of Compounds Lesson Plan

6. Properties of Compounds Lesson Plan

We are surrounded by chemical compounds all the time. Your students will learn about properties of compounds as they watch a video, participate in a demo, create compound profiles, and complete a worksheet.

Early Atomic Theory: Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford and Millikan

7. Early Atomic Theory: Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford and Millikan

Imagine firing a bullet at a piece of tissue paper and having it bounce back at you! You would probably be just as surprised as Rutherford when he discovered the nucleus. In this lesson, we are going to travel back in time and discuss some of the major discoveries in the history of the atom.

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.

Isotopes and Average Atomic Mass

9. Isotopes and Average Atomic Mass

When you drink a glass of water, you are actually drinking a combination of heavy water and light water. What's the difference? Is it harmful? This video will explain the difference between the two types of water and go into detail on the significance of the different isotopes of elements.

Isotopes Lesson Plan

10. Isotopes Lesson Plan

Isotopes have helped us in many ways over the years. Your students will enjoy learning about isotopes as they watch a video, identify an unknown isotope, and complete a worksheet.

Avogadro's Number: Using the Mole to Count Atoms

11. Avogadro's Number: Using the Mole to Count Atoms

How do we move from the atomic world to the regular world? Because atoms are so tiny, how can we count and measure them? And what do chemists celebrate at 6:02 AM on October 23rd each year? In this lesson, you will be learning how Avogadro's number and the mole can answer these questions.

Avogadro's Number Lesson Plan

12. Avogadro's Number Lesson Plan

Understanding Avogadro's Number is a confusing part of chemistry. This lesson plan works to simplify the topic though a hands-on activity, a game, and then creating a mini-hint booklet.

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.

Electron Configuration Lesson Plan

14. 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 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.

Atomic Structures: Pauli Exclusion Principle, Aufbau Principle & Hund's Rule

16. Atomic Structures: Pauli Exclusion Principle, Aufbau Principle & Hund's Rule

This lesson discusses the three main rules that govern how electrons fit in the atomic structure by filling the shells, subshells, and orbitals. We will also review the basics of quantum numbers before learning these principles.

Atomic Structure History Lesson Plan

17. 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.

Diamagnetism & Paramagnetism: Definition & Explanation

18. Diamagnetism & Paramagnetism: Definition & Explanation

In this lesson, we learn more about electron configuration through the concepts of diamagnetism and paramagnetism. We will review electron structure in an atom, and define diamagnetism and paramagnetism.

Four Quantum Numbers: Principal, Angular Momentum, Magnetic & Spin

19. Four Quantum Numbers: Principal, Angular Momentum, Magnetic & Spin

Each electron inside of an atom has its own 'address' that consists of four quantum numbers that communicate a great deal of information about that electron. In this lesson, we will be defining each quantum number and explaining how to write a set of quantum numbers for a specific electron.

The Bohr Model and Atomic Spectra

20. The Bohr Model and Atomic Spectra

Do you ever wonder where light comes from or how it is produced? In this lesson, we are going to use our knowledge of the electron configurations and quantum numbers to see what goes on during the creation of light.

Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: Definition & Equation

21. Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: Definition & Equation

The Heisenberg uncertainty principle is one of the core concepts in quantum mechanics. In this lesson, we define the uncertainty principle and learn more about its implications for physical science.

The de Broglie Hypothesis: Definition & Significance

22. The de Broglie Hypothesis: Definition & Significance

The de Broglie hypothesis states that particles of matter can behave as both waves and particles, just like light. In this lesson, we'll learn the basics of the de Broglie hypothesis and how it related to other theories released at the same time.

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