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This interactive game challenges learners to create eight virtual compounds by combining individual ions. Each challenge poses a task.  Task #1 asks students to make sodium chloride by clicking and dragging the correct cation and anion to the workspace. Task #2 is to make a sodium oxide compound; Task #3 -- create sodium hydroxide. If an incorrect ion is chosen, the game provides immediate feedback. The game is part of a larger interactive module on the Periodic Table.

Editor's Note: This resource provides opportunity for students to construct meaning from the Periodic Table by building models. It helps them build foundations to understand molecular structure and charge interaction in ionic bonding.
This resource is part of Annenberg Media, an organization devoted to distributing educational video programs which are accompanied by web and print materials.

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Education Foundations
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Modeling
General Physics
- Properties of Matter
Modern Physics
- Atomic Physics
= Electron Properties
Other Sciences
- Chemistry
- Middle School
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Game
= Interactive Simulation
= Problem/Problem Set
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4D. The Structure of Matter
  • 6-8: 4D/M1cd. Atoms may link together in well-defined molecules, or may be packed together in crystal patterns. Different arrangements of atoms into groups compose all substances and determine the characteristic properties of substances.
  • 6-8: 4D/M5. Chemical elements are those substances that do not break down during normal laboratory reactions involving such treatments as heating, exposure to electric current, or reaction with acids. All substances from living and nonliving things can be broken down to a set of about 100 elements, but since most elements tend to combine with others, few elements are found in their pure form.
  • 9-12: 4D/H2. The number of protons in the nucleus determines what an atom's electron configuration can be and so defines the element. An atom's electron configuration, particularly the outermost electrons, determines how the atom can interact with other atoms. Atoms form bonds to other atoms by transferring or sharing electrons.

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 6-8: 11B/M4. Simulations are often useful in modeling events and processes.
11D. Scale
  • 6-8: 11D/M3. Natural phenomena often involve sizes, durations, and speeds that are extremely small or extremely large. These phenomena may be difficult to appreciate because they involve magnitudes far outside human experience.
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