Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), this activity asks students to play the role of an assigned atom. They get a name tag, create a profile for their atom, and mingle with other atoms from around the classroom in order to form stable bonds. It is a student-centered, problem-solving activity that gets students out of their chairs and interacting with one another.
My students have fun with it.
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Details about Atomic Speed Dating Below:
A. NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS HEREIN
DCI’s: PS1: Matter and it's Interactions
Cross Cutting Concepts: Systems and System Models, Stability and Change
B. SUGGESTED USES
Prior Knowledge: Students should know the anatomy of an atom, and how to draw it. They should understand the difference between ionic and covalent bonding, and how to determine if atoms will bond to form an ionic or covalent bond. This is covered in an assignment I created called MAKING SENSE OF THE PERIODIC TABLE). (https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Next-Gen-Sci-Guy)
They should be able to draw ionic and covalent bonds, and understand the octet rule.
The name tags for students can be found on the later pages of the packet. They can be printed on sticker/label paper and cut out for students. To save time, they can be prepared for many years of usage by printing in color, laminated, and simply taped on to student’s shirts, and then reused. Most simply, they could be printed out on paper, taped to the students’ shirts’, and discarded at the end.
The name tags have been organized in sets of 24 into more advanced, and less advances chemical reactions. In reality, you may cut out a combination of any atoms/elements that you’d like.
Note: Students may need some assistance finding the right combination of atoms to make a stable compound.
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