Modeling Fusion Activity

Modeling Fusion Activity
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This activity uses pony beads (or other items) to represent subatomic particles to model fusion. This activity works well with NGSS with its emphasis on modeling!

Part 1:

Student manipulate the beads to form "ingredients" and then fuse atomic together.

Part 2:

Students may continue to use the beads or just a Periodic Table to identify the elemental products of each fusion reaction.

Part 3:

Students determine what elements would be created if the elements in molecules were fused rather than forming molecules.

Part 4:

Students answer five questions related to lab.


  • Student sheet
  • Answer key
  • Teacher tips & tricks

Great for:

  • Astronomy unit or course
  • Physics course
  • This lesson partners well with:

  • Star life cycle evolution notes, definitions, vocabulary
  • Grains of Rice Lab: Estimating the Number of Stars in the Universe
  • Star Spectroscopy/Electromagnetic Spectrum Lab!

  • Total Pages
    5 pages
    Answer Key
    Teaching Duration
    1 hour
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