They told you teaching electron configuration couldn't be fun? Reaaaallly?
Sorry, honey. Some unimaginative person lied to you.
Not all learning is fun, but I believe you can have fun learning days along with those get down to business days.
Through this electron configuration game, your students can demonstrate electron configuration mastery on individual topics.
So look below for the 3 ways students will demonstrate concept mastery to you through this game.
#1 Students Demonstrate Reading the Quantum Periodic Table
When students are first learning electron configuration, they get confused on the direction to read the periodic table. This game reinforces this proper reading direction by presenting the periodic table as a game board with a clear start and finish.
As students roll the dice (or use Google’s random number generator if you chose to use the no prep version) they get lots of practice reading the periodic table the right way and watching other teammates read it the right way.
Using a game gives you and each student's teammates many opportunities to make sure everyone knows how to read the periodic table from left to right.
#2 Students Show They Understand Filled and Unfilled Subshells
This is made super clear in the game through the use of flags. Each flag is called a checkpoint and students write down all the checkpoints they pass because they are filled shells. The last part students write down is the final electron configuration they land on.
So the students proceed like this: Flag(filled subshell), Flag(filled subshell), Flag(filled subshell), space landed(unfilled subshell).
By using a racecar analogy, it helps students not get hung up on what to write down. As they progress through the game they will show that they have mastered filled subshells through writing down the checkpoints. Students demonstrate mastery of the unfilled subshells every time they correctly count electrons as the subshell exponents.
#3 Students Show They Can Write a Correct Electron Configuration
This game gives students a really fun and practical way to write electron configurations. Depending on how high you set the number for students to roll (or use the random number generator) each student will get around 10-15 practices for writing electron configurations.(Hint: Set the number generator to 7-9 for fewer practice rounds, or lower to 4-6 for more practice rounds.)
So if you have a group of 4 students, that is 40+ chances for them to correct each other.
Plus, if you offer a prize for the most accurate set of electron configurations, this is an extra incentive for students to get it right and not rush through it.
Electron Configuration Made Fun
Are you ready to play? Your students are! Now, go follow this link and get ready to save time and find your job of teaching electron configurations easier.
With this game, and your stellar explanations, your class is going to be the talk of the science hall tomorrow.
Hi! I'm CoScine. I write chemistry worksheets for visual learners. They are fun, easy to follow, and most of them are quick to grade. Since I started my teaching career at the college level, these aren't just simple chemistry. These worksheets are hard core science made fun.