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Mrs. Geels from Visalia CA is requesting lab equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Manipulating Chemistry with Magnetic Molecules

Help me give my students magnetic molecules to manipulate and lamination sheets to allow for students to create their tools to better help practice Intermolecular forces and phase changes in chemistry.

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My Students

For many of my students, the chemistry content seems, at first, intimidating. However, many are curious about finding new ways to explore the science around them. As students with diverse needs and socio-economic groups, my students need additional hands-on supports. The manipulatives help support all of my students, especially my ELL and SPED students in need of additional visual supports.

Curious about the world around them, my students are eager to work together to help put the puzzle pieces of chemistry together.

My chemistry students are from an agricultural community, where they do not always have access to the hands-on resources they need to meet their learning needs. My students desire more resources to explore and manipulate chemistry with their hands and imaginations.

My Project

These materials will allow my students to explore intermolecular forces in various hands-on ways. For instance, the magnetic water kit can show how water molecules have unique properties. It can show the polarity between atoms, and how they may interact if under different conditions.

Magnetic molecules and ions created from magnet paper give students a fun way to move and show attractions between the same and different molecules.

Students will be able to show dipole-dipole, hydrogen bonds, and London dispersion forces. I will fist use the magnets with the whole class to provide visuals of how the different types of forces work as well as how energy affects the bonds and phases of molecules. Students will then go to various stations to practice manipulating molecule interactions and showing what physically happens. There will be 3 different stations for students to manipulate and practice their understanding of intermolecular forces: 1) Magnetic water molecule kit, 2) Molecule magnets (designed using the magnet sheets) 3) laminated sheets to calculate energy changes, and draw what is happening to molecular forces.

Every time there is a hands-on activity with chemicals or manipulatives, my students can't get enough. This lab stations activity will give many of my visual and kinesthetic learners the opportunity to better understand and interact in a meaningful way with intermolecular forces and phase change.

Mrs. Geels
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Magnetic Water Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $44.10 2 $88.20
Staples Magnetic Glossy Photo Paper, 8.5" x 11", 4/Pack (34747-CC) • Staples Advantage $11.99 7 $83.93
Staples Thermal & Cold Laminator, 9.5" Width, White (5738801) • Staples Advantage $29.19 1 $29.19
Staples Thermal Pouches, Letter, 300/Pack (5245701) • Staples Advantage $23.11 1 $23.11

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