What Are Atoms and Isotopes?

Atoms may make up everything, but what are they made of? The narrator asks patrons at a local park what atoms are in an interview-style video. He then creates an atomic model and adds a neutron to it, opening the discussion to isotopes.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Learners can jot down their answers before watching the video, then share with the class
  • For homework, pupils can poll their neighbors and family members in a similar style and record the results for the next day's class
Classroom Considerations

  • The narrator uses basic terms, making the video appropriate for all levels of learning
Pros

  • The simple model is an effective representation of atoms and their isotopes
  • Responses and drawings the park patrons provide are fun and (mostly) accurate
Cons

  • None