Atoms

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Tackle the introduction of atoms with our Atoms Lesson Plan.  This engaging lesson defines an atom and prepares students to identify its main parts and characteristics.  To solidify understanding, students have the opportunity to create a model of a simple atom, which engages the sensory system to support the development of concept imagery for the atomic world.

Our Atoms Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages
  • Making an Atom Model Activity
  • Instructional Content Pages Homework Assignment
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Tackle the introduction of atoms with our Atoms Lesson Plan.  This engaging lesson defines an atom and prepares students to identify its main parts and characteristics.  To solidify understanding, students have the opportunity to create a model of a simple atom, which engages the sensory system to support the development of concept imagery for the atomic world.

Sample Classroom Procedure:

  1. Display the different items collected ahead of time for students to see. Have one of the “items” be a student in the classroom.
  2. Ask: What do all of these items have in common?
  3. Allow responses. Some students may come up with some logical answers. Keep adding items to the display one at a time.
  4. After about 5-7 minutes reveal the answer: All objects are made of atoms.
  5. Distribute the Atoms content page for students to read independently or aloud.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA.Reading.45.RI.3, CCSS.ELA.Reading.45.RI.4, CCSS.ELA.Reading.45.RI.7, CCSS.ELA.Science.6.RST.3, CCSS.ELA.Science.6.RST.4, CCSS.ELA.Science.6.RST.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): Two or three sessions

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Science