Atomic Structure Models

Atomic Structure Models
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This set of atoms includes atoms with atomic numbers 1 through 13 (Hydrogen through Aluminum.)

These atoms are terrific for teaching so many different concepts of atomic structure. Laminate them, label them with numbers, and ask students to tell you all about the atoms. For example, these atoms can be used to ask students to describe:
a) The atomic number - students will count the protons.
b) The identity of the atom - students will count the protons and look at the periodic table to determine the identity of the atom.
c) The atomic mass/mass number - students will need to add up the protons and neutrons to determine the mass. You can extend this into giving them atoms that build molecules - give them a Carbon and 4 Hydrogens that make up methane and ask for the molecular mass.
d) The reactivity of the atom - students would need to count the valence electrons and describe whether the atom is stable or reactive, or even highly reactive versus just reactive.
e) Which group and period the atoms are in - students will count the valence electrons to determine the group number, and count the number of energy levels to determine the period number.
f) Ask students to determine the identity of the atom, and THEN determine the properties of that element by finding it on the periodic table: reactive? stable? metal? nonmetal? malleable? ductile? etc.

Use them for activities, labs, stations, even formative assessments! Use them for interventions to help students who are struggling with the above topics. I hope you enjoy them and that your students benefit from using them as much as mine do!
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30 minutes
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