These manipulatives should help both your kinesthetic and visual learners to grasp the concept of ionic bonds. A happy cat and an angry ant help students to remember that cations are positively charged and anions are negatively charged.
The ionic pieces fit together like puzzles to help students visualize why certain numbers of ions come together to form complete compounds. The activity sheet walks students through some examples by having them construct the compounds using the manipulatives and then explains how to name and write the correct chemical formula for an ionic compound.
I suggest having students work in groups of 2 or 3. You can laminate the ion pieces to make them more sturdy, but this is not necessary. I put the ions for each group in a sandwich bag.
The students should work in their groups to follow the directions for making various compounds, naming them, and writing their chemical formulas. On the back of the worksheet, there is a table so they get a lot of practice with the manipulatives. There are two quick reflection questions as well.
Usually this activity solidifies the concept of ionic bonding for my students!
You may also be interested in my Ionic Compound Cubes Practice Activity
for further hands-on practice once your students have an understanding of how to construct, name, and write formulas for ionic compounds!
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