Molecules and atoms have a specific structure. Students will learn about these structures and will make models of them. Students will learn about atoms, elements, molecules, and compounds. They will learn about the Periodic Table of Elements. This resource includes a slide show, worksheets, and interactive notebook flaps. It also includes a hands-on activity in which students make models using easy to find materials such as toothpicks and marshmallows.
This resource is a printable unit meant to be used in face to face instruction. If you are looking for an online Google Unit on the same standards and topic please see Atoms, Molecules and Compounds Distance Learning NGSS MS-PS1-1, Utah SEEd 6.2.1
This resource is aligned with NGSS MS-PS1-1. Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.[Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on developing models of molecules that vary in complexity. Examples of simple molecules could include ammonia and methanol. Examples of extended structures could include sodium chloride or diamonds. Examples of molecular-level models could include drawings, 3D ball and stick structures, or computer representations showing different molecules with different types of atoms.][Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include valence electrons and bonding energy, discussing the ionic nature of subunits of complex structures, or a complete description of all individual atoms in a complex molecule or extended structure is not required.] and
Utah SEEd Standard 6.2.1
Develop models to show that molecules are made of different kinds, proportions, and quantities of atoms. Emphasize understanding that there are differences between atoms and molecules and that certain combinations of atoms form specific molecules. Examples of simple molecules could include water (H2O), atmospheric oxygen (O2), and carbon dioxide (CO2). (PS1.A)