This is a fun lab for high school students that are studying atoms. During this activity, students will rotate to lab stations and determine the atom that is being represented by the candies in a bag.
This lab activity includes:
*Student Lab Sheet
Supplies needed for setup:
*8 snack size (or larger) zipper storage bags
*86 Nerds or similar candies
*86 M&M’s or similar candies
*90 Skittles or similar candies
Students will need:
*A periodic table that lists the element name, atomic number and atomic mass of all the elements
*A description of the reactivity of the elements
*A description of the characteristics of the periodic table families
Students will need to have an understanding of the parts of an atom, ions, isotopes, Bohr models, and the families and periods on the periodic table. There is a sample problem included for the teacher to help students review the concepts needed. This lab is designed to address high school Next Generation Science Standard* (NGSS*) HS-PS1-1. Depending on your students’ knowledge of atoms and the other portions of the lab, this activity can take 40-60 minutes to complete.
*Next Generation Science Standard and NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product