1. Topic-
Atoms
 
2. Content-
Construct an Atom/
Atom - one of the tiniest particles of any material or element. Atoms are the building blocks of matter.

Subatomic Particles - Any of various particles of matter. Ex. Protons, Neutrons, and Electrons

Electrons (-) negatively charged particles.

Protons (+) Positively charged particles.
 
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.Students will be able to describe what atom look like

2.Students will be able to label the different parts of the atom.

3.Students will be able to balance atoms.
 
4. Objectives-
1.Students will be able to construct atoms using tooth picks and gumdrops.
 
5. Materials and Aids-
Tooth picks
Styrofoam Balls
Gum drops
 
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

Scientists use microscopes to see what atoms look like. You have been exposed to several pictures of atoms. Today you will be constructing your own atoms and balancing and unbalancing the charge of these atoms.
 

B. Development-

Before students begin to make their atoms we will have a classroom discussion where I can pre assess their knowledge on atoms and help correct any misconceptions.
I will choose an element and create an atom corresponding to that element.
 

C. Practice-

1. Take the Styrofoam ball and the tooth picks and stick the toothpicks into the Styrofoam ball.

2.Choose two different color gumdrops one representing protons and the other representing electrons. Balance the atom by sticking the protons and electrons on the tooth picks.

3.This is your atom. Now show what happens when your atom is unbalanced.
 

D. Independent Practice-

Students will be given a worksheet with pictures of balanced and unbalanced atoms where they have to label the atom.
 

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

Students will have the opportunity to do a one page report on atoms. They will have to provide two resources.
 

F. Checking for understanding-

Students will be given a quiz on the parts of an atom, and balanced and unbalanced atoms.
 

G. Closure-

I will explain that the atoms we created are models of the tiny atoms that are in all matter. Since atoms cannot be seen we created models for visual understanding.
 
7. Evaluation-
At the end of the unit students will be tested on atoms, elements, and the periodic table in concordance with the curriculum.
 
8. Teacher Reflection-
I combined an art lesson with a science lesson which I think children will enjoy. For the learners who do not like to work with their hands, they have the opportunity to do a one page report. By the end of the lesson I hope to establish a strong knowledge of atoms.
 

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