Unit 2 Assignments
Heat Pump

MS-PS1-4, MS-PS3-3, MS-PS3-4
Water Cycle
Water Cycle

Weather & Climate

MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS2-6
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Science Skills
Atoms, Structures, & Molecules         
 Bundle 2 How does a change in thermal energy affect matter?
MS-PS1-1. Evidence Statement
Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
 [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on developing models of molecules that vary in complexity. Examples of simple molecules could include ammonia and methanol. Examples of extended structures could include sodium chloride or diamonds. Examples of molecular-level models could include drawings, 3D ball and stick structures, or computer representations showing different molecules with different types of atoms.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include valence electrons and bonding energy, discussing the ionic nature of subunits of complex structures, or a complete description of all individual atoms in a complex molecule or extended structure is not required.]
 The concept that substances are made from different types of atoms, which combine with one another in various ways (PS1.A as in MS-PS1-1), connects to the ideas that gases and liquids are made of molecules or inert atoms that are moving about relative to each other, and in a solid, atoms may vibrate in position but do not change relative locations (PS1.A as in MS-PS1-4)

Quia Quiz: SCA_B03 Molecules & (MB03)

Practice Quiz: SCA_B03 Molecules
Take every day before sleeping!

Vocabulary Review Activities

BrainPop Animations and Practice Quizes * BrainPop

Solids, Liquds, & Gasses: Book K: Chapter 2 Section 1: Pages 44-48:
Forces & EnergyTextbook

Describing Matter: Book K: Chapter 1 Section 1: Pages 14-21:

Matter And Its Changes: Book L: Chapter 1 Section 1: Pages 14-21

Covlent Bonds: Book L: Chapter 2 Section 4: Pages 65-69
Ionic Bonds: Book L: Chapter 2 Section 3: Pages 59-64
Forces & EnergyTextbook

Crystal Structures: Book L: Chapter 2 Section5: Pages 72-74
Forces & EnergyTextbook

Measuring Matter: Book K: Chapter 1 Section 2

Max Planck Reader
Matter Reader
Matter Everywhere Booklet

Labs & Videos
Molecule Shapes

write up an experiment
based on this activity.

Screenshot of the simulation Molecule Shapes: Basics
Molecule Shapes: Basics
build an atom
Build a Molecule

write up an experiment
based on this activity.

moolecule polarity
Molecules & Charge

write up an experiment
based on this activity.
Screenshot of the simulation Molecular Motors
Molecular Motors
Salts & Solubility Solutions
Sugar and Salt Solutions

conductivity, concentration, evaporative and crystal formation
CHem 4 kids
Molecule Billiards
Molecular Motion Billiards Applet
Concord Simulations scrnshot
write up an experiment
based on this activity.
Pressure versus Temperature
molrcular motion
Gizmos Ionic Bonds

Gizmos Covalent Bonds

Gizmos Collision Theory

heat x-fer
Gizmos Mystery Powders

Bimetallic Strip
Bi-metallic Strip in Liquid Nitrogen Video
Games@American ChemicalSociety
  1. Conduction & Convection Applet
  2. Liquid Convection Mpeg4

Calorimetry Experiments

  1. MolyMods Kit Instructions -
  2.  Structural  Diagrams PowerPoint-
  3. Build & Draw Molymods
  4. Unifix Cubes - NaCl, NaF, Diamond, Graphite
Jefferson Lab
Jefferson Lab Atom Tour Activity Fermilab
Fermilab Games
  VIsual Periodic TableVisual Periodic Table
periodic table
Interactive Periodic Table

States Of Matter

Worksheet  & pdf
Structures PS1-1 & pdf

Properties of Minerals and Elements Activity
Prentice Hall Videos

Atoms & Bonding
Prentice Hall Videos

Materials Science

Prentice Hall Videos


Prentice Hall Videos


Prentice Hall Videos

Elements and The Periodic Table

Bill Nye Atoms


Schooltube Link

Atoms Quiz

Video Lesson

  1. Physical and Chemical Changes Links

Study Jams
    Physical and Chemical Changes

Khan Academy
  1. Molecular Formulas
  2. Solubility
  1. Physical and Chemical Changes Links
  2. Molecular Formula Links
  3. Molecule Links
  1. Chemistry Links
  2. Matter Links
  3. Molecule Links

Discrepant Event




New situations/applications

project to share
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 molecules or matter.
Silver Sensing Feeling Heart Sensing-Feeling (Interpersonal)
A time when you...
  1. Show typesof molecules that are used by or make up humans.
Intuitive Thinking-Head Intuitive-Thinking (Understanding)
Playing with facts

  1. Create a diagram that compares or contrasts different types of molecules or matter and how they are used.
Silver Intuitive Feeling Intuitive-Feeling (Self-Expressive)
Creating new possibiliteis

  1. Show how different molecules or matter are made in the universe .

  1. Make a video or animation of molecules or matter  (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 molecules and matter (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 molecules and matter in its many forms.
Essential Vocabulary & Concepts
Picture Core Knowledge or Concept
A molecule is a group of atoms that are joined together and act as a single unit.
(i.e. a water molecule is made of 2 hydrogen atoms tied to 1 oxygen atom: H2O.)
A chemical formula (molecular formula) is the recipe for what is in a molecule.
The element symbol Letter goes before the Number of atoms, so H20 has 2 hydrogen & 1oxygen.

A structural formula is a way to show how molecules are put together. Lines represent bonds between atoms.

Atoms are held together in chemical bonds by sharing, gaining, or losing electrons.

A compound is a substance made of two or more elements.
A mixture is two or more substances found together.
salt dissolving
Solution is a very well-mixed mixture of two substances that keep their properties.
(i.e. sugar water vs. salt water)
A solvent is a liquid and solute is a solidlike a powder.
Characteristic  properties are qualities of a substance that never change and can be used to identify the substance.
They can be physical properties and chemical properties.
Physical properties can be any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions. 
They can be observable using instruments or the five senses.
(i.e. crystal shape, color, texture, hardness, bends or breaks, density, resistance to water and fire, conductivity or heat or electricity, melting/boiling points)
Density of a substance is its mass per unit volume. (mass / volume)
Mortar Physical changes change the form of a substance, but not its identity.  (i.e. crushing, folding, freezing, boiling, dissolving, mixing, cutting, twisting )
Venter And Collins
 Craig Venter and Francis Collins decoded the DNA molecule of several life forms, including humans.DNA is one of the largest molecules of all and holds the instructions for how to build the molecules of living things.
sequencer Technology
DNA sequencers are machines that can tear apart and read DNA molecules. They were used by Venter & Collins.