This activity uses beads to represent atoms, providing tactile learners with a concrete representation of how atoms of different elements join to form molecules of a compound. It also provides a basic introduction to chemical symbols and formula writing as students must both interpret and write formulas for chemical compounds as they represent them with beads of six different colors.
This product from Hoop There It Is includes:
Notes for teachers regarding setup as well as pictures of the activity to serve as an answer key (pg. 2-5)
Printable student handouts (pg. 6-8)
Students may complete this activity individually or in pairs. Suggestions are included for how to accommodate colorblind students.