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Activity

Molecule model free play

Summary: 
Students are given molecule model parts and encouraged to build up their own molecules. They can find out the function of what they have built.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Chemistry: States of Matter, Properties of Materials (K-7)
Chemistry: Atoms, Molecules (3-7)
Lessons activity is in: 
Materials: 
  • molecule model pieces. I limit to black carbons, red oxygens and white hydrogens, along with grey bonds made by Molymod
  • sheet of molecule functions (see attachment), or the internet
Procedure: 

Allow students to play with the molecule models.
I encourage them to fill all the holes on the molecules, so that they are more likely to make something that can be given a name and a function.

Students are (maybe surprisingly) engaged using these molecule models.

A superb book discussing the function and uses of simple molecules, building into complex: Molecules by P.W. Atkins, published by Scientific American Library

Grades taught: 
Gr 7
Teaching site: 
Eton Arrowsmith Camp