Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table of Elements: The Secret Agent Lab

Food always gets attention! Model atomic structure using fruit loops to represent the subatomic particles. After building models, scholars create ionic bonds using their models. Finally, they use these concepts to create a periodic table.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Encourage pupils to use their fruit loop models to represent ionic bonds until the pattern becomes clear
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires specific lab materials and time for prior set up
  • Expects a solid understanding of the components of an atom

  • Gives learners an alternative model to connect to the periodic table
  • Provides the procedure handouts for the lab investigations

  • None