Parts of an Atom Hands on Activity

Parts of an Atom Hands on Activity
Parts of an Atom Hands on Activity
Parts of an Atom Hands on Activity
Parts of an Atom Hands on Activity
Parts of an Atom Hands on Activity
Parts of an Atom Hands on Activity
Parts of an Atom Hands on Activity
Parts of an Atom Hands on Activity
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  1. Teaching about atoms and elements can be difficult because of the abstract nature of this physical science concept. Students can have a hard time comprehending this topic, until now. This science unit is to be used with your students when you are teaching about atoms, elements, and the periodic tabl
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Teaching about the parts of an atom can be a difficult topic for our students because of the abstract nature of this unit. Allow students to demonstrate their knowledge of protons, neutrons and electrons through the use of tactile objects. This resource includes two versions which will be sure to engage your students while learning about the parts of an atom as well as atomic number and mass.

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This resource includes:

  • Teacher instructions and tips
  • Student worksheets for two activities
    • Includes directions for students to build their own atoms using supplies that you provide (food or creative classroom materials).
    • Illustration page for your students to show what they created.
    • Practice examples for students to demonstrate their ability to identify protons, neutrons, electrons, their charges, and the overall charge of an atom.
    • Challenge section: students will answer questions about atomic number and mass (This is on a separate page easily allowing you to set aside for fast finishers).
    • Homework section: students will write a paragraph describing the parts of an atom.

Students will:

  • demonstrate their ability to identify the parts of an atom (proton, neutron, electron, nucleus) and their charges.
  • confirm their ability to arrange the electrons around the atom as indicated by Niels Bohr
  • determine the atomic number and mass based upon information given to them about an atom.

This lesson was designed and used with grade 7 small group and inclusion science students. I developed this lesson for an observation with administration. It works very well for an observation.

Check out the feedback for this activity below:

  • Really cute materials for students to review the parts of atom and their chargers. I thought it was especially appropriate for upper level elementary students who are studying chemistry but love the idea that you used it with 7th grade special education students. I bet they loved it!! And the best part? It's edible. Fun.
  • Edible science? Totally up my alley and will be soooo motivating for my class! Plus, the worksheets included will guarantee they are synthesizing the information. Thanks!
  • My students loved this activity because they got to eat everything at the end of the activity. I loved this activity because it got my students excited and they did a great job!
  • LOVE! My students loved this. I used Sweeties as the neutrons, mini m&ms for the protons, and bigger M&Ms for electrons.


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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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