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written by Jackie Esler
This is a set of packaged lesson materials for middle school, created for use with the PhET simulation Build A Molecule. It gives explicit guidance in using the simulation to construct simple molecules from atoms and build an understanding of chemistry nomenclature. Materials include complete lesson plan, warm-up questions, guided student activity sheet, and assessment.

The molecule building simulation, which must be open and displayed to complete this activity, is available from PhET at: Build A Molecule.

This lesson is part of PhET (Physics Education Technology Project), a large collection of free interactive simulations for science education.
Editor's Note: At the middle school level, children often confuse atoms with molecules. This activity will help them distinguish as they explore ways to combine atoms to build a variety of molecules, using the tools provided in the simulation. See Related Materials for a link to PhET's simulation "Build An Atom", also easily adaptable for middle school.
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Modern Physics
- Atomic Physics
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chemical bond, diatomic, molecule, molecule simulation, structure of molecules
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Metadata instance created October 8, 2012 by Caroline Hall
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4D. The Structure of Matter
  • 6-8: 4D/M1a. All matter is made up of atoms, which are far too small to see directly through a microscope.
  • 6-8: 4D/M1b. The atoms of any element are like other atoms of the same element, but are different from the atoms of other elements.
  • 9-12: 4D/H7a. Atoms often join with one another in various combinations in distinct molecules or in repeating three-dimensional crystal patterns.
  • 9-12: 4D/H7b. An enormous variety of biological, chemical, and physical phenomena can be explained by changes in the arrangement and motion of atoms and molecules.
  • 9-12: 4D/H8. The configuration of atoms in a molecule determines the molecule's properties. Shapes are particularly important in how large molecules interact with others.

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 6-8: 11B/M1. Models are often used to think about processes that happen too slowly, too quickly, or on too small a scale to observe directly. They are also used for processes that are too vast, too complex, or too dangerous to study.
  • 6-8: 11B/M4. Simulations are often useful in modeling events and processes.
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J. Esler, (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2011), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3440).
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J. Esler, PhET Teacher Activities: Molecules Are Made Up of Atoms, (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2011), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3440>.
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Esler, J. (2011, July 30). PhET Teacher Activities: Molecules Are Made Up of Atoms. Retrieved December 21, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3440
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Esler, Jackie. PhET Teacher Activities: Molecules Are Made Up of Atoms. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, July 30, 2011. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3440 (accessed 21 December 2014).
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relation by Caroline Hall
Same topic as PhET Simulation: Build An Atom

A related PhET simulation: drag protons, neutrons, and electrons to construct an atom. Explore first, then test skills against the clock.

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