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Atoms and Elements Unit

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    Teach students about atoms and elements using these print and digital activities. Students will learn about the parts of an atom and elements on the periodic table through printable worksheets or Google Slide and Forms activities. This atoms and elements unit includes print and digital readings, hands on activities to bring abstract topics to a concrete level, review activities and games and learning will be assessed through a project and test.

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    Students will learn:

    • What an atom is
    • Parts of an atom
      • Nucleus
      • Protons
      • Neutrons
      • Electrons

    • Atomic Number
    • Atomic Mass
    • Elements
    • Periodic Table
    • Metals
    • Nonmetals
    • Metalloids

    This atoms and elements unit includes:

    • Classroom decor posters to illustrate the different parts of an atom
      • Protons
      • Neutrons
      • Electrons
      • Nucleus
      • Student reference sheet (five in color, five in black and white)

    • My Atomic Life: A fun getting to know you project that incorporates the parts of the atom and relate them to parts of a student's life
    • A twenty-page printable worksheet packet on
      • What are atoms? Details their size, where they are found, and a very brief history,
      • Atomic Theory - Students will dive deeper into how scientists (Democritus, Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford, Bohr, and others) studied and developed a visual model.
      • Parts of the Atom - Students will learn about the different parts and their respective charges.
      • Where are electrons? - Students will read how they are arranged around the nucleus.
      • Atomic number - Explains what it is, how to find it, and why it is important.
      • Atomic mass - Summarizes what it is and how to determine the mass of the atom.

    • A digital (distributed through your learning management system; such as Google Drive, Schoology, or Microsoft OneNote) version of the above packet
    • A hands-on activity. Students will create their own atom while answering questions about what they learned.
    • A fifteen-page informative text about elements and the periodic table. Each includes a page to a page and a half of reading and then comprehension questions.
      • What are simple substances? Introduces students to what an element is.
      • Dimitri Mendeleev: The first scientist to study and organize the elements to create the periodic table of elements.
      • Chemical symbols: Scientists shorthand way to refer to each of the elements. Students will learn how they are written and how to refer to them.
      • Periodic Table of Elements: Students will learn it is a chart that organizes the elements by atomic number. They will learn about periods, groups, and how the placement of an element can give us clues and information about it and surrounding elements.
      • Metals: Properties, characteristics, and uses of metals.
      • Metalloids and Nonmetals: Properties, characteristics, and uses of each.

    • A digital Google Slide version of the periodic table packet.
    • Periodic Table Choice Assignments - Nine assignments for students to demonstrate their understanding of this topic.
    • Digital Google Slide version of the above assignment
    • Valentine's Day holiday activity with a digital companion
    • Editable Halloween Review Activity print and digital version
    • Editable Winter Color by Number review activity (print and digital version
    • Periodic Table Scavenger Hunt *best seller* Students will gain great practice searching the periodic table.
    • Digital and printable review activity
    • Digital escape room
    • An assessment
    • A project based learning activity on the periodic table of elements (print and digital version)
    • Atomic Number FREEBIE
    • Answer key

    Check out the activities and lesson below to see exactly what is included:

    Feedback from teachers:

    • This helped me a lot during my unit on atoms. The students loved it and really understood what I was teaching. Thank you!
    • This is amazing. Tons of resources including notes, hands on, and so much more! I haven't used it all, but so far it is great. Thank you.
    • Thorough resource I will use again as a review prior to state testing
    • This resource was well done but turned out to be more than my 5th grade curriculum called for. It is full of interesting facts and activities.
    • A concise, kid-friendly, content-based unit of material that I used for review of the concepts taught from our textbook. It could be used as a non-fiction reading comprehension activity or used to teach the concepts.
    • This unit helped me get through my first year of teaching atoms and elements! My grade seven students enjoyed all the activities. Thank you very much!
    • This packet was an amazing resource to use in the classroom. The information was organized in a way where my 7th graders learned a lot and were engaged the entire time.
    • This unit is excellent for my special education students. The information is easy to read, and the activities are challenging. Thank you for sharing
    • Excellent resource. I love the variety of questions and the periodic table hunt is great. Can't wait to try the editable atoms.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
    Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
    Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
    Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.


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