BUCKYBALL! An Exploration into the Structures of Graphite, Diamond, and Bucky ball –(called Allotropes)
This activity provides you with 6 beautifully designed Buckyball templates that can be copied onto standard 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock. Your student will enjoy coloring and constructing these wonderful models – (‘truncated’ icosahedrons) that can be used to adorn your classroom or students can take home to enjoy.
This activity was originally designed for use in chemistry/physical science classes and includes some discussion about allotropes, (different physical forms of the same element), as well as a worksheet on the topic. However, these models are fun to build and help students to understand math in tactile and visual ways. For that reason, building the models alone is a great activity for many classes and age groups. (Students must be able to adeptly use scissors, fold, and glue.)
A word about ‘Zip Labs’: Horizontal & Vertical Lesson Planning
In general, Zip Labs are science and math activities broken down into ‘horizontal and vertical’ educational increments. By ‘horizontal’ increments I mean each activity can be completed in a minimum of 60 minutes. However, the teacher, and/or student may choose to extend the activity over a longer time period or even days. By ‘vertical’ increments I mean each activity is broken down into segments according to grade and difficulty level. So teachers and/or students can decide where to start and how far to go with the topic.
Each Zip Lab includes potentially much more than any teacher will use at the particular grade level he or she may teach. However, it is my hope that teachers, and students, at lower grade levels will gain valuable insight by looking ahead to see how their teaching/learning will be applied in the future. While teachers and students at higher grade levels can reflect on topics that they should have learned in earlier grades. It is my hope that students see their education as a continuum rather than a series of disconnected and random topics.
Zip Labs include diagrams and illustrations that I hope are appealing to a wide range of ages. However, teachers can choose to omit them if they like. Also included is a Common Core ‘Depth of Knowledge’ and grade level range ‘sliding’ indicator to help students visualize the relevance of their work.
BUCKYBALL! Science-Math Activity: What you get…
Activity cover sheet
Background and instructions
Activity write up worksheets
Buckyball (icosahedron templates)
-Depth of Knowledge and Grade Level Slide Indicator Graphics
This unit activity meets or exceeds 21st Century and STEM learning expectations, and Common Core learning outcomes. Note: although ZIP-labs fulfill many CCSS specific CCS standards are not listed because ZIP-labs are designed to be used over many graded levels so the specific CCSS may be different depending upon these factors. For a list of CCSS in your state please visit- www.corestandards.org
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