Counting Atoms Printable Task Cards Activity

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The Chemistry Nerd
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8th - 12th
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Counting atoms is an essential skill for every chemistry student. These counting atoms task cards provide the scaffolding students need. Each card features a chemical formula. Students count the atoms and record their answers on an answer document. Chemical formulas range from easy to challenging.

Using Task Cards

This task card deck includes 54 cards provide a variety of task difficulty.

Here are just a few ways to use Task Cards in your classroom:

  • Stations - Get kids up out of their seats as they rotate through the stations completing the tasks on each card.
  • Scavenger Hunt - Hide the cards around the room to add an element of mystery.
  • Quiz, Quiz, Trade - In this simple game, each student gets a card, pairs up with a partner and they quiz each other with the task on their cards.  Once both partners have answered each others question, they trade cards and find a different partner.
  • Early Finishers - Keep a set handy for those students who finish quickly.
  • Sub Plans - Keep a set or two handy so your sub can keep students actively engaged.

Getting Started

  • Decide whether you are going to print in color or blackline.  The color cards are fun and look very professional. If color printing is not an option, the blackline look great on colored cardstock.
  • Decide how you are going to use the cards in class.  The easiest, most economical methods are those that require only one card deck to be shared between the entire class.  If you are planning on assigning card decks to be completed by small groups, you will need a deck for each group.
  • Decide whether you are going to print your card deck with a printed back.  A printed back does not affect the usefulness of the cards. A printed back is purely aesthetic and is a personal decision. If you decide to print without a back, print only the front pages.
  • Print your card decks.  If you are printing the color deck, I recommend using white card stock.  If you are printing the black line deck, I recommend printing on colored card stock.  You can use one color per deck to distinguish between decks, or you can print each deck on a variety of colors.  The choice is yours.
  • Laminate your card decks.  While this is not essential, it will open up the possibility of students writing on the card deck if you choose, but more importantly, will make the cards last a lot longer.
  • Cut apart your cards.  The cards are designed to be printed to 100% and fill an entire 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper.  This reduces the number of cuts and eliminates waste.
  • It takes a little more time, but the added professional look of rounding the corners is worth it. The cost of a corner punch is a great investment.
  • Store them using a method that works for you so you can use them from year-to-year.

What’s Included

This Counting Atoms set includes:

  • 54 Task Cards with Counting Atoms problems (Color and Blackline)
  • Student Response Sheet
  • Answer Key

Total Pages
32 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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