Sticking a Balloon to a Wall

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This is one sticky situation! Science sleuths uncover the mystery behind a balloon that appears to be stuck to a wall using an interactive. Learners observe a neutrally charged wall before they manipulate the charge on a balloon. Atom models inside the wall react to the charge on the balloon.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Demonstrate sticking a balloon to a wall, then have individuals view the interactive
  • Ask pupils to describe the shape of the electron clouds as the charge on the balloon changes from positive to negative
Classroom Considerations

  • Be sure to discuss a little about how this phenomenon occurs with middle schoolers before they begin using the resource
  • Arrange for individual computer use so everyone can complete the interactive
Pros

  • Contains two different atomic models for observation
  • The controls allow users to smoothly change the charge on the balloon from negative to neutral to positive
Cons

  • None
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