Archive: The Periodic Table and Bonding - Introducing a Free Online Resource for Middle School Chemistry, January 17, 2013

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This web seminar took place on January 17, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was James Kessler, Manager of K–8 Science Education at the American Chemical Society. In this seminar Mr. Kessler shared lessons and activities from the fourth chapter of, a web-based resource that helps teachers engage middle school students with chemistry concepts.

This was the fourth presentation in a series of six web seminars covering each of the six chapters in Mr. Kessler began the presentation with a tour of the website then provided a detailed look at the lessons featured in chapter 4. He shared activity ideas and multimedia clips that can help students learn about the periodic table and atomic bonding. Participants discussed the application of the lessons to their own classrooms and shared ideas for modifications and extensions.

Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

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  • on Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:54 PM

This is the fourth seminar in a six-part series created by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for Middle School teachers. Using the archived PDF or slide presentation of this seminar will help teachers of any middle school grade help develop the concept of the Periodic Table and Bonding. This seminar is presented in a five-lesson delivery using the 5E’s. Lesson 1: Protons, Neutrons, and Electrons, Lesson 2: The Periodic Table-Energy Levels (includes a game “Periodic Table Card Game”), Lesson 3: Periodic Trends (Atomic size, ionization energy, and how elements in the same group react in a similar way), Lesson 4: Energy levels, electrons, and covalent bonding, and the final lesson, Lesson 5: Energy levels, electrons, and ionic bonding. This seminar includes excellent visuals and examples. I highly recommend this seminar for middle school teachers and a review for high school teachers.

Sue Garcia
Sue Garcia

  • on Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:31 PM

I signed up for this webinar thinking, "I need some review in this area because chemistry is not my forte but it's probably going to be a long night." Boy was I wrong. I was really engaged. i loved the lecture and the inks and demos were absolutely great. I am currently making copies of some of the resources to use in class. Kudos to Jim and the ACS as well as NSTA for bringing a potentiallt deadly boring topic to life. Great job!

James Johnson  (Custer City, PA)
James Johnson (Custer City, PA)

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