History of the Atom Music Video

Presented by: Claudine Dixon

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If you were asked to draw the structure of an atom, what would it look like? Throughout history scientists have formed many atomic models and changed them as new information became available. As more evidence was gathered from scientific experiments, old models were discarded or improved upon. Students' goal in this lesson is to trace the atomic theory through history and create a two to three minute music video that describes how our concept of the atomic model has evolved.


  1. Atom The Incredible World - http://library.thinkquest.org/19662/low/eng/main.html
  2. Guide to the Nuclear Wallchart - http://www.lbl.gov/abc/wallchart/chapters/02/1.html
  3. Legal music download sources such as Freeplaymusic - http://freeplaymusic.com/
  4. Atom Model History -    http://www.csmate.colostate.edu/cltw/cohortpages/viney_off/atomhistory.html




Donna Timmons, Chemistry Teacher


Day 1

Direct Instruction:

The Chemistry teacher will explain the project to students and TL will demonstrate how to access and use the recommended resources. A handout is distributed that outlines the project and its requirements. (SM1) 


Independent Practice:

Students will conduct research using the available resources to locate information for all six scientists including: the years of their most significant discoveries, a one to two sentence summary of the importance of the discovery that relates to the structure of the atom, and a drawing of the atomic model. Students will use the graphic organizer timeline summary sheet to organize information. (SM2)


Day 2

Direct Instruction:
The TL will discuss legal downloading and copyright law involving music.  The TL will also show students examples of past student videos and provide students with a rubric to practice evaluating the videos. (SM3 and SM4)


Independent Practice:

Students will plan their videos.  In groups of four, they will need to define a role for each member of their groups (Artistic Director, Focus Director, Music and Sound Director, and Editor) and construct their storyboards using the template provided.  After the storyboards are approved by the Chemistry teacher, students may begin searching for and collecting still images and music. (SM5 and SM6)



Day 3

Modeling and Guided Practice:

TL will model to students how to us MSWMM (Microsoft Windows Movie Maker). (SM7)


Independent Practice:

Students will begin to film their video using their storyboards and images and music previously collected.  TL will assist with filming and editing as needed.


Day 4

Independent Practice:

Students will finish filming, editing, and finalizing their videos using MSWMM. 


Day 5

Sharing and Reflecting:

Final videos will be shown in class and students will evaluate group members and self by using the rubric provided.


View examples at:  http://web001.greece.k12.ny.us/webpages/arcadialibrary/science.cfm?subpage=29928


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