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Bonding Rules Inquiry Activity

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 60 minutes.

Group Size:
Small Groups


Through 4 activities students will discover the rules of nomenclature of ionic and covalent bonds, analyze the relationship between the valence electrons of an atom and the type of bond formed between atoms, and then test out these patterns in a experiment type format.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Chemistry
Standard 3 Objective 2

Explain that the properties of a compound may be different from those of the elements or compounds from which it is formed.



Background For Teachers:
Time Needed: 45-60 minutes

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Copy the student pages off separately so that they can only have one activity at a time. If you give them all of the activities at the same time they will try to work on the in a divide-n-concur mentality. This will only prove to be more frustrating than usual.
  2. Tell the students that they will be creating rule for how to put the elements and compounds together and then naming them. It is best to have the students work in groups, but for a more challenging activity you can have them work alone but it will double the time required.
  3. As the students are work together, circulate among them to help and guide them. If they seem to be struggling suggest a strategy or a plausible rule.

Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Utah LessonPlans

Created Date :
Dec 12 2014 12:59 PM