Polyatomic Ions: Chemistry Card Game is a game designed to help chemistry students become familiar with the formulas, charges, and names of common polyatomic ions. This game can be played in groups of 2-5 students, and consists of five rounds in which students take turns drawing and discarding cards, in order to create various sets of polyatomic ions. To complete the required sets for the five rounds of the game, students must collect ions with specific charges, combine related oxyanions, and form neutral compounds. In each round, students earn points for the cards in their sets, and are awarded bonus points based on the order in which they complete the round. Point values for each card are determined based on the charge of the ion, in order to further reinforce the connection between the polyatomic ions and their charges.
There are 96 cards total in the Polyatomic Ions deck. Ions included: ammonium, nitrite, nitrate, sulfite, sulfate, hydrogen sulfate, hydroxide, cyanide, phosphate, hydrogen phosphate, dihydrogen phosphate, carbonate, hydrogen carbonate, hypochlorite, chlorite, chlorate, perchlorate, acetate, permanganate, dichromate, chromate, peroxide, and hydrogen.
The cards in this deck are the size of regular playing cards, and each card face is designed with the formula, charge, and name of the polyatomic ion in the center of the card. The formula and charge are also shown in each corner, in order to be seen easily in a hand of cards and in the discard stack. The back-side of each card is patterned so that the ion formula and name cannot been seen through the card, even if it is printed on regular copy paper. The pages in the document are aligned so that, if printed double-sided, the Polyatomic Ions logo and pattern will be positioned correctly on the back-side of each card. Dotted lines are included for easy cutting, either with scissors or a paper cutter. Cards can be printed either in color or in black and white, on white paper on on colored paper. Cards can also be laminated for additional durability.
A detailed game instruction sheet is included in this file, and can be printed out for students to follow as they play the game. A scoresheet table is also included.
Documents included in file:
Polyatomic Ions Cards
Polyatomic Ions - Chemistry Card Game Instructions
Polyatomic Ions - Chemistry Card Game Scoresheet
Polyatomic Ions: Chemistry Card Game - Cards, Instructions, and Scoresheet
by Heather Carmody
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