Get help teaching atoms to your middle school science students with this digital science activity. In this activity, students use online resources to answer questions about atoms and build their background knowledge.
This activity takes students through the first two steps in the learning cycle, including asking questions and accessing new information. In this digital science unit, we provide questions to answer, although students can add their own questions as they explore atoms. We also provide the resources they need to gather new information. Students will begin to process the new information by recording their existing background knowledge and answering the questions. However, more processing will be needed to help them master the material.
To start, the first two pages of the digital science activity explain the learning cycle to students so that they can take control of their own learning. Look for other resources in my store to take students through the rest of the steps in the learning cycle, including flashcards for practicing new information.
Each provided question comes with at least six online resources to guide students to the answer. Students do not need to study every included resource, but multiple options are included to give students choice in their learning so that they stay motivated. Similarly, students can choose between text and video resources. Teaching natural selection has never been easier!
QUESTIONS ON ATOMS INCLUDED
- How were Democritus and Aristotle’s ideas about matter different?
- Who was John Dalton and what was his model of the atom?
- How did JJ Thomson discover atoms?
- Describe JJ Thomson’s model of the atom.
- Who was Ernest Rutherford, and what was his model of the atom?
- Who was Niels Bohr, and what was his model of the atom?
- Describe the quantum model of the atom.
- What are protons?
- What are neutrons?
- How are the numbers of protons, neutrons, and electrons in an atom related?
- What is the difference between atomic number and atomic mass?
- What is the difference between alpha, beta, and gamma radiation?
- Name three ways we use radioactive elements.
- What is a half-life?
- What is the strong nuclear force?
OTHER SCIENCE RESOURCES
Are you looking for more resources for your middle school science classroom beyond atoms? I have a variety of reading passages, flashcard sets, and activities here and at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!
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