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(Optional) Activity 5.1 - Molecular Modeling for Methane Burning (40 min)
Target Student Performance
Students use molecular models to explain how carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms are rearranged into new molecules during the oxidation of methane (the chemical change that happens when methane burns).
Resources You Provide
- molecular modeling kit (1 per pair of students)
- twist ties (12 per pair of students)
- 5.1 Molecular Models for Methane Burning PPT
- (Optional) 5.1 Molecular Models for Methane Burning Worksheet (1 per student)
- (Optional) 5.1 Grading Molecular Models for Methane Burning Worksheet
- (Optional) Forms of Energy Cards (1 per pair of students)
- (Optional) Molecular Models 11 x 17 Placemat (1 per pair of students)
Prepare one model kit, one Molecular Models 11 x 17 Placemat, one pair of scissors, and one Forms of Energy Cards for each pair of students. Print one copy of the 5.1 Molecular Models for Methane Burning Worksheet for each student. Prepare a computer and a projector to display the PPT.
Step 2 above is a key assessment step. If your students are able to answer the Three Questions for methane burning, you may feel comfortable skipping activity 5.3 without having them do the molecular modeling or completing the Explanations Tool for Methane Burning.