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Grouping Bonds

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 30 minutes.

Group Size:
Small Groups


Students will group a selection of electron dot structures and determine similarities and differences between covalent and ionic bonding.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Chemistry
Standard 3 Objective 3

Relate the properties of simple compounds to the type of bonding, shape of molecules, and intermolecular forces.


  • set of molecule cards (attached) per group. Fill in the electrons on the ionic compounds before you make your sets.


Instructional Procedures:

  1. Give student groups (3-4 students) an envelope with the molecule cards inside.
  2. Ask students to classify the molecules in as many groups as they think are necessary. Ask students to be able to identify the reason they chose the groups.
  3. Allow students time to work on the activity.
  4. Ask selected student groups to share their groups and justify them to the class.
  5. Describe ionic and covalent bonding to students and have them regroup the cards according to the scientific classification. Check for accuracy.

Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

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Created Date :
Dec 15 2014 08:23 AM