Supplemental Resources for a Unit on Chemical Bonding
Cathlene Schreiner

Students enrolled in a high school Chemistry class will be required to study chemical bonding. Understanding how and why chemicals bond to one another is an important part of understanding nomenclature and chemical reactions. However, this topic can be a bit mundane for students, so I have selected the following text-based, web-based and creative resources, that I feel would help to make the topic more interesting and engaging for my students.

The resource materials were gathered with the intent to be used for an average Chemistry class, consisting primarily of juniors and seniors. Differentiated learning is supported through the use of text with various reading levels, interactive animations and videos.

Fifteen Sources for the Chemical Bonding Unit

5 Text-Based Selections

1. Chemical Bond Discovered that Only Exists in Space – New Scientist Magazine Article
Readability: Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12
This magazine article discusses the chemical bond discovered among dwarf white stars.

2. Chemical Bonding - Web Based Article
Readability: Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 11.2
This web-based text provides an overview of ionic bonds, covalent bonds, lewis dot structures and covalent bond polarity.

3. The Quest for a Clean Drink: Article from ChemMatters Magazine
Readability: Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 11.7
This magazine article discusses different methods that scientists have created to remove arsenic from drinking water in India and Bangladesh.

4. Chemistry for Everyone: A Helpful Primer for High School or College Chemistry
Readability: Ages 14+
This book will provides information on a variety of Chemistry topics. With its slightly lower readability level this book would be used to supplement the class textbook.

5. Understand Basic Chemistry Concepts: The Periodic Table, Chemical Bonds, Naming Compounds, Balancing Equations and More
Readability: Undetermined
This book also provides information on a variety of Chemistry topics. Although a readability level could not be found, the overview states that no prior knowledge of chemistry is assumed. This book would also be used as an additional source to the class textbook.

5 Web-Based Selections

1. "Come Together" - Bonding Webquest

2. Teachers Domain - Ionic and Covalent Interactive Activities

3. Bonding Animation - Covalent, Ionic and Hydrogen

4. Brain Pop - Chemical Bonds
This website offers short videos, activities, quizzes and an FYI section on a variety of science, english, math, humanities, arts and technology. Unfortunately, there is a cost associated with access to the site.

5. Building Molecules with Lewis Dot Structures

5 Creative Selections

1. Ionic and Covalent Bonds Song

2. The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry - Chapter 3 Togetherness
Readability: Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.5

3. Chemical Bonds Poster

4. Chemical Bonding: A Love Story
Readability: Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 4.8

5. Ionic Bonding Cartoon

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This page was created by Cathlene Schreiner on February 3, 2013