This simple, no cutting, foldable allows students to define and identify balanced equations, unbalanced equations, and the Law of Conservation of Mass. This foldable does not necessarily teach students the steps on how to balance equations, (however, it can be discussed when working through the examples) but it teaches them how to IDENTIFY if an equation is balanced or not. Therefore, this would be a great tool to use before teaching students how to balance equations.
There are 4 examples of chemical equations inside the foldable where students have to count the atoms to prove why they are balanced or unbalanced.
There are two options for this foldable: a fill-in-the-blank format or one were students can write the entire definition or create their own.
Page 1-2: Photo of foldable
Pages 3-4: Actual foldable (can be printed double-sided)
Page 5: Answer key for foldable
Page 6: Option 2 for foldable that allows students to write the entire definition, their own definition, or your own definition.
Page 7: Quick worksheet with a set of 5 equations for students to determine if the equations are balanced or not. Can be used for warm up, exit ticket, quick review, etc. Fits two per page (great for interactive notebooks.)