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Mighty Molecules


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    Miami Science Museum

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Mighty Molecules

In this activity, learners use marshmallows and gum drops to construct seven models of molecules. Learners classify (solid, liquid or gas) and draw diagrams of the molecules. Learners can also create a table showing the chemical formula for each molecule and identify a common use for each chemical. Use this activity to introduce learners to molecules, compounds, and bonds.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 4 miniature marshmallows (oxygen)
  • 7 red gum drops (hydrogen)
  • 7 green gum drops (chlorine)
  • 2 yellow gum drops (sulfur)
  • 25 toothpicks (covalent bonds)
  • Paper and pencil
  • Handbook of Chemistry or other reference

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
      • Gases
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
      • Elements and Periodic Table
      • Elementary Particles and Nuclear Physics

Informal Categories


  • Food and Cooking
  • Model Building

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Little, Carlyn; LaHart, David; Meyers, Ted; Weisblat, Brooks

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Museum of Science, Inc. (Miami, FL), ©1997

Funding Source:

  • Unisys

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