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Ionic Bonding Puzzle Lab

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Ionic Bonding Puzzle Lab

In this activity, learners create models of ionic compounds and observe the chemical formula of binary molecules they have created. Learners record their data in a table and draw conclusions by answering discussion questions with their peers and writing a report.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 14 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • Model pieces
  • Ionic Bonding Puzzle Lab Notes
  • Scissors


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
      • Chemical Reactions
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
      • Elements and Periodic Table
      • Elementary Particles and Nuclear Physics
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Model Building


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes assesments for student learning

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Smith, Woody


  • All Rights Reserved, Exploratorium,


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