NaCl Lattice© Science Activities

STEM: The Science of Salt Using a Salt Lattice Model

Your students will use magnetic sodium chloride ion models and a guided-inquiry approach to explore the properties of NaCl. They will feel the ionic bonding between sodium and chloride and learn about the postitive and negative charges of sodium and chloride, before discovering the 6:6 coordination in sodium and chloride crystal formation. From there they can explore the strength and brittleness of NaCl crystals. Additional activities can include comparing the sodium chloride model to rock salt, table salt and/or 3D Molecular Designs’ Water Kits©.

NACL Science Activities Teacher Notes