Physical Science

Subatomic Particle Activity Ideas

Hi all! I am currently a pre-service teacher teaching a mini unit on subatomic particles. With regards to the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons, my students struggled with this concept. I tried using M&M's in order for differentiating the three particles. Does anyone have any additional activities that you found beneficial to your students? I would love any feedback that you all have, thanks!

Michael Moran
Michael Moran
295 Activity Points

Hi Michael, I found an article with an activity that may be of help! I'm not sure the age of your students, so you may have to change a few things to meet the specific needs of your class, but this article describes how a teacher had students create their own models of an atom. Then, they presented to the class and the models hung around the room for the rest of the year for review. Let me know what you think! http://common.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10.2505%2f4%2fss03_026_04_38\ Does anyone else have any ideas to help? Megan

Megan Doty
Megan Doty
7442 Activity Points

I'm not sure if it's my computer, but there is no article that appears with that link. I am interested in that idea though! Thank you Megan!

Michael Moran
Mike Moran
295 Activity Points

So sorry, Mike! I included a slash at the end, and that made the link unreachable. My apologies! Please find the correct link here: http://common.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10.2505%2f4%2fss03_026_04_38 Thanks! Megan

Megan Doty
Megan Doty
7442 Activity Points

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