Covalent Bonds: Why Can't We Have a Molecule of Salt?

Sharing just makes you feel good ... especially if you're a non-metal! Young chemists examine bonding basics with a video from JFR Science. Topics include how covalent bonding differs from ionic bonding, how covalent bonding works, and using Lewis electron dot structures to illustrate bonds.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Demonstrate the differences between covalent molecules and ionic compounds by dissolving salt and sugar in water, then have pupils discuss their observations
  • Ask the class to compare the content of the video to the Ionic Bonds video in the same series and make a graphic organizer
Classroom Considerations

  • Quickly discuss where metal and non-metal elements are placed on the periodic table prior to viewing
Pros

  • Contains illustrations to help convey the essential parts of covalent bonding
  • Incorporates interesting examples to keep engagement up
Cons

  • None
Common Core