1. Topic-
VA.SC.SOL.5.4- The student will investigate and understand that matter is anything that has mass and takes up space; and occurs as a solid, liquid, or gas. Key concepts include
a) distinguishing properties of each phase of matter;
b) the effect of temperature on the phases of matter;
c) atoms and elements;
d) molecules and compounds; and
e) mixtures including solutions.
2. Content-
Atomic Structure
Atomic Mass
Atomic Number
Periodic Table of Elements
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.The students will identify atoms as the components of all matter
2.The students will understand the basic structure of an atom.
3.The students will understand the purpose and function of each of the parts of an atom.
4.The student will define and understand an Element and its purpose.
4. Objectives-
- Student Collaboration
- Material Review
- Multiple Intelligences addressed
- Whole class team building
- Interactive/ Hands-on
- Differentiated by student choice
5. Materials and Aids-
"See an Atom"
- PowerPoint
- Smartboard
- PowerPoint Slide Notes
- PP Review Game
- Game Buzzers

"Make an Atom"
- Pipe Cleaners
- Plastic Beads
- Glue
- Pom-Poms or Cotton Balls
- Index Cards
- Markers
- Instructions Packet

"Be an Atom"
- Element calling cards
- Proton Index cards
- Neutron Index cards
- Electron Index cards
- Whistle (to stop/start new Elements)
- Outdoor or large space accessibility
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. The students will be shown an interactive PowerPoint presentation which reviews the phases of matter and introduces atoms, atomic structure and the periodic table of elements.

2. The presentation will end with a review game (Jeopardy Format) of the presented material with a primary focus on atoms and atomic structure.


B. Development-

1. The students will be shown an example of a paper-drawn and a hanging 3-D model of an atom.

2. The students will follow written and oral instructions to create their own blue print models of an atom they choose from a selected set.

C. Practice-

1. The students will go outside and participate in an activity in which they play the role of the different parts of an atom as different elements are called out.

2. Each student will receive a various part of the atom (Proton, Neutron or Electron) and as different elements are called out, the students will have to work together to get the correct number of Protons, Neutrons and Electrons moving in atomic form.

3. Every student will get a chance to play each part of the atom throughout the course of the activity and some elements will be repeated as only a select few can be used based on the number of students in the class.

D. Independent Practice-

1. The student will create a 3-D model of their atom using their blueprint as reference.

2. The student will create a element card for their atom to be displayed with it which will include: Element Name, Element Symbol, Atomic Mass, Atomic Weight, Number of Protons, Number of Neutrons and Number of Electrons.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-


F. Checking for understanding-

The "Be an Atom" activity checks for the understanding of the "See an Atom" and the "Make an Atom" activity is assessed through observation as well as a grading rubric for the included parts in the correct locations on both the blueprint and the 3-D model of the element the student chose.
7. Evaluation-
1.The blueprints of the atom will be turned in and graded for accurateness.
2.The PowerPoint review game as well as the outdoor human-atom activity will be evaluated through observation for active student participation.

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