Students use the APH Periodic Table and AZER Reference Booklet to build an atom of an element given only the element symbol or atomic number. Both are available on Quota Funds - See links in materials section below.
Students are given an atomic number, element symbol, or element name and must determine from the AZER Periodic Table Reference Booklet how many protons, neutrons, and electrons are needed. Students must identify the element. The students will then create an accurate model using a hula hoop as the nucleus and themselves as the parts of the atom.
This activity is appropriate for students in grade-level middle school and high school classes who have learned to use the AZER Periodic Table Reference Book. Students in high school may and have been taught not only the basic structure of the atom but also the location of electrons in levels.