Get ready to have an Atomic Blast! This unit is designed to get your students thinking, creating, evaluating, and learning! You will LOVE how easy it is to teach Middle School Chemistry with the Atomic Blast Unit, since it is designed as a comprehensive unit that covers 6 weeks or more of your lesson planning!
The Atomic Blast is aligned with CCSS 8.P.1.1- 8.P.1.4 and covers topics such as atomic structure, the periodic table, interactions between atoms, physical and chemical properties, and the Law of Conservation of Mass. This product also includes over 10 lab pages with procedures, 2 vocabulary quizzes complete with answer keys, vocabulary information and enrichment, a unit test and answer key, and a creative student project. It also contains easy to follow directions and tips for implementing lessons.
I began this unit with an introduction to atomic structure and the periodic table, but right on the level your middle school students need. They will color-code periodic tables to keep for the duration of the unit, understand the information contained for each element, develop an understanding of how the periodic table is organized, and practice these skills with an Element of the Day graphic organizer.
Then students will explore the interactions between atoms through a story and step-by-step exercises that allow them to predict atomic interactions. Students will demonstrate this knowledge through a fun, silly "elementHarmony" game in which students act as atoms trying to find their "match" to create compounds. They develop a knowledge of ionic and covalent bonds, the distinction between molecules and compounds, all while actively thinking and learning.
This kit also includes over 10 labs covering topics such as physical vs. chemical changes, solubility, density, endothermic vs. exothermic reactions, Law of Conservation of Mass and TWO mystery CSI labs! Your students will love playing detective in a hands-on, minds-on environment!
I have also included vocabulary cards that can be used at any time throughout the unit, two vocabulary quizzes along with an answer key for each. The kit also contains a comprehensive unit test when your students are ready for it.
Your students will also get to show off their creative side through an Adopt-an-Element project: rubric included!
Take some of the weight off lesson planning and just ENJOY the art of teaching. The Atomic Blast makes it easy and FUN for you and your students!
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