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    I use M & Ms to teach the parts of the atom. After introducing the parts (p,n,e) the students use black construction paper to model an atom. You have the atoms grouped in bowls, labeled positive, negative, or neutral (I use red as negative, green as positive and blue as neutral). The students pick an element from the periodic table (I try to limit them to He, H, or atoms with 4 protons or less). They use chalk or white crayon to draw the nucleus and orbit(s) of the electron and glue the appropriate M&M in its place. Same for protons and neutrons. It's a very colorful work of art, plus serves as a visual reminder of the construction of an atom.

    Hope this helps some.

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