Reactions to Atomic Structure

by: Pamela Galus

Middle level students are in a concrete stage of psychosocial development and often have difficulty comprehending something as abstract as atomic structure. Students may simply memorize and "brain dump" information about atoms instead of truly internalizing and understanding the concepts. To help students grasp this abstract concept, the lesson described here engages them in an inquiry-based activity in which they build their own model of the atom.


Middle School


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 1/1/2003Stock # ss03_026_04_38Volume 026Issue 04

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