Science Skills
Proficiency Standards
Science Pseudoscience & Technology
B02 Atoms
What are atoms?
Silver Sensing Thinking HandWhat's different between atoms?
Silver Sensing Feeling HeartWhich atoms are important for me?
Intuitive Thinking-HeadHow do we categorize atoms?
Silver Intuitive FeelingHow are atoms spread through the universe?
(Self Expressive)

Quia Quiz: SCA_B02 Atoms & (MB02)

Practice Quiz: SCA_B02 Atoms
Take every day before sleeping!

Quia Atoms Math Practice

Vocabulary Review Activities

BrainPop Animations and Practice Quizes BrainPop

PearsonPPT-ThumbAtoms Slideshow
PearsonPPT-ThumbElements & The Periodic Table Slideshow


Atoms: Chapter 2 Section 1: Pages 50-54:

The Periodic Table: Chapter 2 Section 2: Pages 55-58

Atoms Reader
Elements Reader
Matter Everywhere Booklet

Science Skills Handbook
Appendix: Pages 202-214:
Process Skills Packet

(Online Textbook: Log onto Pearson.com, then click on the titles above for the online text.)
Labs & Videos
Screenshot of the simulation Rutherford Scattering
Rutherford Scattering

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Hydrogen Atom

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build an atom
Build an Atom

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based on this activity.

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based on this activity.

Alpha Decay

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based on this activity.
Screenshot of the simulation Beta Decay
Beta Decay

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based on this activity.
Screenshot of the simulation Isotopes and Atomic Mass
Isotopes and Atomic Mass

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Atomic Interactions
Atomic Interactions

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molrcular motion
Gizmos Atom Builder

Pressure-Temp Applet
Gizmos Nuclear Decay

Gizmos Bohr Model

Gizmos Electron Configuration

Screenshot of the simulation Nuclear Fission
Nuclear Fission
Build an Atom PowerPoint Interactive
Hands-On CERN
CHem 4 kids
Fermilab Games
periodic table
Interactive Periodic Table
Jefferson Lab
Jefferson Lab Atom Tour Activity
VIsual Periodic Table
Visual Periodic Table
Pearson Videos
  • Atoms And Bonding
  • Elements and the Periodic Table
  1. Atoms and Elements Video

Fermilab Videos
Detecting Particles
Accelerating Particles
  • A Sense of Scale Part 1
  • A Sense of Scale Part 2

Video Lesson

build an atom Marty
  1. Atoms Video Links
  2. Periodic Table Links

Study Jams
  1. Atoms: Protons, Neutrons, Electrons
  2. Elements & Compounds
  1. Atomic Structure
  2. Elements and Compounds
  3. Periodic Table Overview
Khan Academy
  1. Introduction To The Atom
  2. Elements and Atoms
  3. Periodic Table Groups
  1. Atoms Video Links
  2. Periodic Table Links
  1. Atom Links
  2. Periodic Table Links

Discrepant Event




New situations/applications

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Reading & Math Work

Math and DataMath Logo
Projects by Learning Style and Media Type
Silver Sensing THinking Hand Sensing-Thinking (Mastery)
  1. Create a diagram that shows the structure and parts of different elements.
Silver Sensing Feeling Heart Sensing-Feeling (Interpersonal)
A time when you...
  1. Show typesof atoms that are used by or mke up humans.
Intuitive Thinking-Head Intuitive-Thinking (Understanding)
Playing with facts

  1. Create a diagram that compares or contrasts different groups of atoms from the periodic table.
Silver Intuitive Feeling Intuitive-Feeling (Self-Expressive)
Creating new possibiliteis

  1. Show how different elements are made in the universe .

  1. Make a video or animation of atoms  (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.

  1. Create a PowerPoint, ToonDoo, or other graphic that shows one of the projects above.

garagebandPodcast Audio

  1. Make a radio show, podcast, or song about the elements (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.
ArtistMusicianLive Presentation Project

  1. Make a poster, play, song or cartoon showing your understanding of the elements in its many forms.
Essential Vocabulary & Concepts
Picture Core Knowledge or Concept
An atom is the smallest particle of a substance (matter).

There are 2 regions of an atom

The nucleus in the tiny center of the atom is made of protons and neutrons.

The electron cloud is the outside area made up of mostly empty space.
Protons are tiny positively charged particles.
Neutrons are neutral (no charge).
Atomic mass is the total number of an atom’s protons and neutrons.

Atomic number is the number of an atom’s protons only. This number is used to classify types of atoms.
electron Cloud
Electrons are negatively charged particles that orbit around the nucleus in the electron cloud. They are much smaller than protons and neutrons.
In a neutral atom, there are the same number of electrons as protons.
Valence electrons react with other atoms. Thry have the most energy and are the furthest from the nucleus.
 A pure substance is stuff made of only one kind of matter with definite properties.  (i.e. sugar, salt, iron, & copper)
Some pure substances, called elements, cannot be broken down into other substances by any chemical means.  (i.e. iron, copper, gold, carbon, & chlorine)
periodic table
The periodic table an arrangement of the chemical elements by increasing atomic number, which displays the elements so that one may see trends in their properties. 
group Elements in the same group (column) react similarly.
Group1 and 2 metals react strongly with group 7 elements. Group 8 gasses are unreactive.
MarieCurie (ne: Sklodowska): the first person to receive 2 Nobel Prizes for her work in radioactive particle physics (1903) and chemistry (1911). Her work paved the way for modern nuclear technologies in  medicine, power,  and the military.
proton therapy

Proton Therapy uses a beam of massive protons to deliver more energy to destroy cancer cells with less danger to the patient.