Use these templates to give your students a hands-on way of learning about atomic structure. Students enjoy this activity, as they get to place stickers representing protons, neutrons, and electrons, on pre-drawn diagrams of any one (or more) of the first eighteen elements of the periodic table. This activity can be used to teach:
- structure of the atom (using the Bohr model with some elements of quantum theory);
- using the periodic table to find important data;
- relationships between the number of protons, neutrons, electrons, and the atomic weight of an atom;
- interactions of charged particles;
- electron pairing; and
- filling order of orbitals (simplified).
Included in this pdf file are two sets of templates for the first eighteen atoms of the periodic table – one set that has the important data (atomic weight, number of electrons, number of protons, and number of neutrons) for each of the atoms pre-filled, and one set that has blanks for the students to fill in once they determine the correct values. Answer key and suggested lesson plan are also provided. Suggestions for differentiation are included in the lesson plan.
For each set of atoms, you will need 171 red, half-inch, round stickers; 182 blue, half-inch, round stickers, and 171 yellow, quarter-inch, round stickers. These can be purchased in packets of 500 to 1000 from Amazon or stationery supply stores.