The purpose of this product is to help students understand that compounds are elements that have been bonded and contain two or more different types of elements. The students get to walk around and connect their elements to other’s elements to create compounds. They also practice writing chemical formulas where the number of each element’s atoms are correct.
It is run similar to Musical Chairs. Students walk around with their "atom" blocks during the music, and when the music stops, they "bond" to a peer with their "atom" blocks.
This activity is not for them to create real compounds, to know about valence electrons and how they interact, or to write chemical formulas in the correct order.
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-Example Student Sheet