An ionic bonding activity that is fine tuned to fit your students’ ability level! Students complete a very short set of ionic bonding formulas to show their proficiency. Based on their score, they participate in the activity using easy, moderate or difficult cards. Each student picks up a metal and a non-metal at their level. Then they pair up with another person and have their cards “react.” If they encounter more difficult cards than they picked, the other student can teach them how to find the formula! They retain their same cards from the beginning and continue to “react” until their table is full!
Includes—Fully Editable Word Document!
--Proficiency Check and Scoring for students to use to pick either Level 1, 2, or 3 activity cards.
--Student Answer Sheet
--How to identify charges for ions
--“Criss-cross” method of making ionic formulas
--How to use subscripts to count number of each type of atom in a formula
--How to explain using polyatomic ions and transition metals to those who picked Level 1 cards
--Counting Number of Each Type of Atom using Subscripts
This activity creates a pathway for success in harder ionic bonding problems (including polyatomic ions and transition metals)! It gives students the chance to teach students how to do the harder problems, while solidifying their own understanding as they teach it. It's like being able to personally tutor each of your students! Who wouldn't want that?!
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