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Atoms Teacher Resources
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Atoms make up everything, and here is almost everything a beginning chemist needs to know about them! By viewing this set of slides, pupils learn about atom structure down to the level of quarks. They see a variety of atomic structure models. The periodic table of elements is introduced. Ions, isotopes, compounds, mixtures, and molecules are defined. You may or may not want to include the final few slides about dark matter and dark energy. But all in all, this is a straightforward and concise introduction to the atom.
Take an in-depth look at the historical events in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in this 69-slide PowerPoint. Photos, facts, and transcripts are outlined in this presentation in order to answer the stated essential question in slide 2: "What were Harry Truman's motivations for using the Atomic Bomb against Japan in World War II?" Note: This extensive slideshow will require at least an hour to get through with lecture and discussion.
This compendious collection of slides leaves no questions when it comes to the concept of atomic size. Thorough and easy-to-read graphs, tables, and graphics explain atomic radii, the shielding effect, the octet rule, isoelectric species, and electron-dot notation. There is enough material here to support more than one day's worth of lessons for your budding chemists.
On "Defining the Atom," physical science starters fill in blanks, determine if statements are true or false, match terms with the appropriate definitions, and solve problems. Questions are about Dalton's atomic theory, the atom and its general composition. This is a compact and applicable homework assignement for any general chemistry class.
Atomic theory, experiments that contributed to our knowledge of matter, atomic structure, isotopes, and ions are covered in these 33 slides. Quality diagrams and labeled charts will help activate understanding. The presentation concludes by teaching how to name molecular compounds, including acids and bases. An added plus to this slide show is the practice problems that are inserted throughout.
Using toothpicks, marshmallows, and round colored sticky dots, physical science enthusiasts build models of an atomic nucleus. In this eighth grade chemistry lesson plan, they play an atom-naming game with the models that they have constructed. This is an engaging and memorable way to impress atomic structure.
Through three separate exercises, chemistry explorers examine common atoms, the periodic table, and atomic structure. They identify the structural features of an atom, read the periodic table of elements, and calculate the atomic weight of an atom, given its atomic number. Plenty of background information is provided. The easiest way to use this resource would be to get learners online to read it and write their answers on a separate piece of paper to turn in.
"Up and Atom" is a mini-unit introducing middle-schoolers to the wonders of elements. Participants draw atom models, examine the periodic table, compare samples of metals to nonmetals, identify unknown elements, and more! The beginning of this unit is based on two videos that you probably do not have, but they are easily left out without detracting from the overall value.