Gumdrop Atoms

There's nothing sticky about the resource, unless you count the gumdrops! Scholars create a model of a lithium atom, complete with protons, neutrons, and electrons. It's just that these models are made with gumdrops and toothpicks.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide each group with a different molecule and have them share their models with the class
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should be familiar with atoms and molecules from the previous lesson (this is the second installment of a six-part Mixtures and Solutions unit)
  • Some materials are necessary for the activity, including gumdrops and toothpicks
Pros

  • Includes a worksheet with answer key
  • Middle school learners will appreciate the hands-on nature of the activity
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS