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Ch 2: Structure of Matter Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Structure of Matter chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about matter and its chemical and physical properties. 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 Structure of Matter 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.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Atoms and elements Nucleus, atoms, protons, electrons, neutrons, elementary particles, quarks, properties of an element, and matter
Tuesday Compounds Chemical bonds, mixing elements, building molecules, and constructing compounds
Wednesday Building solids Repeating patterns, long-chain polymers, and crystal structures
Thursday Matter Physical appearance and chemical composition of matter, four states of matter, and how matter changes on both the physical and chemical levels
Friday The Periodic Table Identify the abbreviations for all elements, and point out the properties of different groups of elements

8 Lessons in Chapter 2: Structure of Matter Lesson Plans
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What is An Atom? - Definition & Examples

1. What is An Atom? - Definition & Examples

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what an atom is, how it is structured, what they are made from, and give some examples of elements. A short quiz will follow.

What Are Elements?

2. What Are Elements?

Look around you. What do you see? Elements are everywhere. They are the building blocks of all matter on Earth. In this lesson, we will discuss what an element is, how elements are written as symbols, and how elements are the building blocks of all matter.

What Is a Compound? - Combining Elements with Chemical Bonds

3. What Is a Compound? - Combining Elements with Chemical Bonds

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what a compound is, identify compounds versus regular molecules, and describe the two types of bonding that form compounds. A short quiz will follow.

How Compounds and Molecules Are Built From Elements

4. How Compounds and Molecules Are Built From Elements

Did you know that elements are like people and have different personalities? A few elements are very shy and love to be left alone. Others are very social and prefer to hang out with friends. In this lesson we will discuss how elements build molecules and compounds.

How Atoms & Molecules Form Solids: Patterns & Crystals

5. How Atoms & Molecules Form Solids: Patterns & Crystals

After watching this video, you will be able to explain how atoms and molecules form solids, whether in the form of random mixtures or crystal patterns. A short quiz will follow.

Matter: Physical and Chemical Properties

6. Matter: Physical and Chemical Properties

How are substances identified? There are two major ways we can describe a substance: physical properties and chemical properties. Learn about how chemists use properties to classify matter as either a mixture or a pure substance.

States of Matter: Solids, Liquids, Gases, & Plasma

7. States of Matter: Solids, Liquids, Gases, & Plasma

Learn the four states of matter in the universe: solid, liquid, gas and plasma. Learn about the differences in shape and volume among the four states, which of the states is the most common and why plasma conducts electricity.

States of Matter and Chemical Versus Physical Changes to Matter

8. States of Matter and Chemical Versus Physical Changes to Matter

The world around us is constantly changing. Chemists put those changes into two main categories: physical changes and chemical changes. This lesson will define and provide examples of each.

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