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  • Harding Senior High School
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Atomic structure and getting beyond the oversimplified models is a very abstract concept. Getting into the quantum model with s, p, d, and f orbitals can be very confusing as it involves drawing diagrams of 3-D paths of electrons on flat paper. Consider then also trying to teach this to student who are still learning English. It can be enough to a make students give up and never consider the field of chemistry again. Chemistry can be difficult and a hands-on approach will help my students feel successful and want to keep trying. These models will allow them to build the atom and see the orbital shapes three-dimensionally. With EL students, especially, but really with all my students, I must have them see and do what I am talking about. With these kits, students learn the position and number of electrons along the x, y, and z axes in s and p atomic orbitals by building atomic models of several common elements. They review the 4 quantum numbers, Pauli’s exclusion principle, and Hund’s rule. I know these kits will make my students more excited about what can otherwise be a very dry topic. Building the atoms will be fun and working together will encourage more collaboration and the development of scientific language. Collaboration and speaking together about what they are seeing and doing is key to developing language and keeping their interest high.

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Atomic structure and getting beyond the oversimplified models is a very abstract concept. Getting into the quantum model with s, p, d, and f orbitals can be very confusing as it involves drawing diagrams of 3-D paths of electrons on flat paper. Consider then also trying to teach this to student who are still learning English. It can be enough to a make students give up and never consider the field of chemistry again. Chemistry can be difficult and a hands-on approach will help my students feel successful and want to keep trying. These models will allow them to build the atom and see the orbital shapes three-dimensionally. With EL students, especially, but really with all my students, I must have them see and do what I am talking about. With these kits, students learn the position and number of electrons along the x, y, and z axes in s and p atomic orbitals by building atomic models of several common elements. They review the 4 quantum numbers, Pauli’s exclusion principle, and Hund’s rule. I know these kits will make my students more excited about what can otherwise be a very dry topic. Building the atoms will be fun and working together will encourage more collaboration and the development of scientific language. Collaboration and speaking together about what they are seeing and doing is key to developing language and keeping their interest high.

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