Get out of your seat and start learning by doing! These 5 activities are designed for students to get energized about matter, atoms, and elements. All of them are "whole class" kinesthetic learning activities that require students to work together and move around the room. Each activity includes an overview of the set-up, directions, and additional printable resources needed. Enjoy!
It Matters How You Move
Students will develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed. They also will demonstrate their understanding of the relationship between density and temperature/pressure.
Running in Circles
Students will develop a model that shows the atomic structure of an atom, depending on what type of element it is. This includes the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons.
Students will develop models to show the atomic composition of simple molecules by combining atoms of elements. They will be able to view a chemical formula and create a molecule of that substance.
Atomic Musical Chairs
Students will recognize how electrons of an atom are configured into shells. They will demonstrate how various elements have a different number of electrons and shells.
Periodic Table Puzzle
Students will use the atomic structure properties of elements and organize them, similarly to the way the Periodic Table was originally arranged. They will identify patterns and trends in the rows, columns, and order of the elements.