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Draw an Atom: Before and After Activity

I created this Draw an Atom Before and After Activity a few years ago when I was teaching chemistry.

I wanted to get an idea of what my students understood about atoms before we began our study of the atom. Then, I wanted students to reflect on how their understanding of an atom changed over the course of studying chemistry.

I typed up a quick half-sheet with a Before and After section.

Draw an Atom: Before and After Activity

I passed them out at the beginning of the year and asked students to draw an atom. I collected them and kept them in my desk until the end of the year.

Draw an Atom: Before and After Activity
Draw an Atom: Before and After Activity
Draw an Atom: Before and After Activity
Draw an Atom: Before and After Activity
Draw an Atom: Before and After Activity
Draw an Atom: Before and After Activity

When the end of the year came, we missed almost two weeks of school due to the Oklahoma Teacher Walk Out. My husband and I were also in the process of purchasing our first house at that time. Then, on top of that, I also interviewed for my current position during that time, so when we did return to school I was a bit distracted packing up my classroom and house.

I explain all of this to you to say that I forgot all about this activity, and I never ended up doing the “AFTER” section of the Draw an Atom Activity with my students. Oops…

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