History of the Atom Interactive eLesson / Distance Learning

James Gonyo
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5th - 10th
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Empower your students to direct their own learning with this complete, interactive eLearning lesson on the History of the Atom. The new responsive design allows students to view the content on any device from desktop or notebook computers to tablets and mobile phones! The lesson includes reading passages combined with engaging video, images, and diagrams to help visual learners. Best of all are the frequent and engaging Interactive Learning Checks that provide students with immediate feedback as to whether they are understanding the concepts. But that’s not all … hands-on projects and lab activities along with an infographic activity provide the perfect blend of technology with traditional hands-on learning. To top it all off, the lesson concludes with a randomly generated, interactive assessment that is automatically scored to provide students and teachers with immediate feedback!

This INSTANT lesson is ready for your students in seconds; simply give them the link and password provided upon purchase so they can get started immediately. Then you can relax because you just bought yourself time to set up the hands-on labs and activities and to print out the infographic pages.

See for yourself … try a quick online demo (on whatever device you happen to be using). This demo is a watermarked version of the actual eLesson so you have the opportunity to see exactly what you would be purchasing (some interactions are disabled in the demo version).


The development of our understanding of the atom from 400 BC until the present. Students will explore the contributions of the following scientists and philosophers throughout history:

Democritus - the smallest possible piece of a substance is an Atom

Jabir ibn Hayyan - a complex substance can be purified into its individual components

Antoine Lavoisier and Marie-Anne Paulze - Law of Conservation of Matter

John Dalton - Billiard Ball Model of the Atom

JJ Thompson - Plum Pudding Model of the Atom

Albert Einstein - mathematically predicted the size of Atoms

Jean Perrin - experimental evidence for the existence of Atoms

Ernest Rutherford - Planetary Model of the Atom

Neils Bohr - Energy Level Model of the Atom

Erwin Shcroedinger - Electron Cloud Model of the Atom

Werner Heisenberg - Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

James Chadwick - discovered the Neutron

Heinrich Rohrer and Gerd Binnig - computer assisted image of a Silicon Atom

Ara Apkarian - actual image of a Nitrogen Atom


Proving the Law of Conservation of Mass Lab

Have You Lost Your Marbles Lab

History of the Atom Infographic Activity

All Interactive eLessons are menu driven lessons that allow students to visit and revisit any part of the lesson as needed. Students have full control to navigate to any part of the lesson including the final assessment. Each lesson uses the following format:

INTRODUCTION - Provides an overview of the concepts in the lesson.

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK - This is where most of the lesson’s content is found.

EXPLORE - Hands-on labs or other activities that directly relate to the concepts in the lesson. Lab sheets can be downloaded for printing from within the lesson!

INVESTIGATE - Students assemble infographic pages to complete using the lesson as a resource. The completed infographic serves as a graphic representation of what was learned and can make a great addition to a student’s interactive notebook.

ELABORATE - Students expand their understanding of a key concept of the lesson. This topic focuses on further research, hands-on projects and / or lab activities. All handouts and directions can be dowloaded from within the lesson!

COMMUNICATE AND COLLABORATE - Communicating ideas and Collaboration are critical skills for students to develop. This topic provides students with options for choosing the method they will use to communicate what they have learned.

CHECK YOUR LEARNING - After completing the lesson and activities, it’s time for a quiz! The lesson includes a randomly generated, 10 question assessment that is automatically scored to provide immediate feedback.

Your purchase includes all handouts; lab and activity sheets, instructions, infographic pages, and answer keys. You will also receive the complete HTML5 lesson packaged for uploading to your LMS (Blackboard, Moodle, Schoology, etc.) or secure website if you choose to do so.

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Total Pages
50 pages
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Teaching Duration
4 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved. Emphasis is on law of conservation of matter and on physical models or drawings, including digital forms, that represent atoms. Assessment does not include the use of atomic masses, balancing symbolic equations, or intermolecular forces.


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