ALEX Learning Activity


Chemical Bonds

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Brittany Haynie
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 822
Chemical Bonds
Digital Tool/Resource:
Graphic Organizer with Popplet
Web Address – URL:

Popplet is a free online tool or downloadable app that allows you to create diagrams and graphic organizers. 

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 9-12
Physical Science
1 ) Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties and trends (e.g., reactivity of metals; types of bonds formed, including ionic, covalent, and polar covalent; numbers of bonds formed; reactions with oxygen) of main group elements based on the patterns of valence electrons in atoms.

NAEP Framework
NAEP Statement::
P12.3: In the Periodic Table, elements are arranged according to the number of protons (called the atomic number). This organization illustrates commonality and patterns of physical and chemical properties among the elements.

NAEP Statement::
P12.6: An atom's electron configuration, particularly of the outermost electrons, determines how the atom can interact with other atoms. The interactions between atoms that hold them together in molecules or between oppositely charged ions are called chemical bonds.

Unpacked Content
Scientific And Engineering Practices:
Developing and Using Models
Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns
Disciplinary Core Idea: Matter and Its Interactions
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Use the periodic table as a model to predict properties of main group elements based on patterns of valence electrons.
  • Use the periodic table as a model to predict the trends of main group elements based on patterns of valence electrons.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Periodic table
  • Valence electrons
  • Protons
  • Neutrons
  • Electrons
  • Family
  • Period
  • Covalent
  • Ionic
  • Oxidation number
  • Cations
  • Anions
  • Ions
  • Main group elements
  • Metal
  • Non-metal
Students know:
  • The periodic table orders elements horizontally by the number of protons in the atom's nucleus and places those with similar chemical properties in columns.
  • The repeating patterns of the periodic table reflect patterns of outer electron states.
Students are able to:
  • Identify and describe of the main group elements.
  • Describe how the number of protons determines an elements place on the periodic table.
  • Predict patterns of behavior of an element based on its position on the Periodic Table.
  • Predict number and charges of stable ions formed from atoms in a compound.
  • Determine the number and type of bonds formed.
  • Predict numbers of protons, neutrons, and electrons based on periodic table information.
Students understand that:
  • Students will understand how to propose an argument and defend their claim on electromagnetic radiation safety.
  • Non-ionizing radiation, such as those emitted in electronics.cannot cause immediate damage, but does interact with the body to potentially cause indirect damage, following long-term exposure.
  • Ionizing radiation, such as X-rays and gamma rays, can be hazardous.
AMSTI Resources:
ASIM Chemistry Module:
Periodic Table; Journey Into the Atom
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 9-12
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • produce a multimedia artifact.
  • review artifacts created by others.
  • revise an artifact based on peer or teacher feedback.
Students know:
  • feedback is important in a design process.
Students are able to:
  • create a multimedia artifact.
  • critique the work of others.
  • revise their work based on feedback received.
Students understand that:
  • much like the writing process, design of a multimedia artifact nets the best results when creators have the opportunity to be given feedback and revise as needed.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 9-12
25) Utilize a variety of digital tools to create digital artifacts across content areas.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • use digital tools to create digital artifacts across content areas.
  • seek and use feedback to revise digital artifacts.
Students know:
  • how to use a variety of digital tools.
  • how to use a digital tool to create a digital artifact.
  • the appropriate use of digital tools and artifacts for specific content areas.
Students are able to:
  • use a variety of digital tools.
  • create digital artifacts using a variety of digital tools.
  • appropriately match digital artifacts and content areas for effective communication.
Students understand that:
  • digital tools are used to create digital artifacts that can be used for effective communication of competency across content areas.
Learning Objectives:

The student will be expected to identify and differentiate the three types of chemical bonds: ionic bonds, covalent bonds, and metallic bonds.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

The student will analyze the content learned in the previous lessons about the types of chemical bonds and compare and contrast the three types.  The student will create a visual representation of the similarities and differences using the Popplet app on an iPad.

Assessment Strategies:

Students can print their final product if done on a computer or take a screen shot and email the teacher their product if done on an iPad.

Advanced Preparation:

  • Ensure that all students have access to an iPad or computer.
  • Create a Popplet account.
  • Ensure all students have an email account.
Variation Tips (optional):

  • Popplet can be used in any subject and for almost any content standard.
  • Popplet can be used on an iPad as an app or computer as a website.
  • This assignment could be done in pairs or as a group project.
  • The students could also present their Popplets with the class if resources are accessible.  (If done on iPads, you will need the cord that will connect to the projector if the Popplets are not emailed to the teacher.)


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