Lesson Plan Guide

Georgia Learning Connections


TITLE: Molecule & GSP Project



This lesson is part of the 6th grade physical science curriculum and will take place in the Computer Lab so that every student may have access to Geometers Sketchpad 4.0®. The students will take the information that they have learned about the molecule already assigned to them and will create a model of it using Geometers Sketchpad 4.0®. The students will already have information such as the number and type of elements each molecule possesses.


Primary Learning Outcome:

After the molecule has been constructed, the students will be able to answer the questions, “Where does each element in the molecule belong?” and “What does the molecule look like?”


Assessed QCC:

S.6.5.1 – Distinguish between atoms and molecules and among elements, mixtures and compounds; S.6.5.2 – Describe the structure of the element.


Total Duration:

The total lesson should last 50-55 minutes.


Materials and Equipment:

Information about previously assigned molecules and the computer lab so every student may use Geometers Sketchpad 4.0®.


Technology Connection:

Geometers Sketchpad 4.0®



Step One

The teacher will open Geometers Sketchpad and show it on the board using an LCD projector. Then, the teacher will choose a molecule that is not assigned to a student to create a model of. This will be done by using the circle, line, and point tools.


Estimated Time:

10 minutes


Step Two

The students will open Geometers Sketchpad 4.0® on their computers and will use the program to create a model of their molecule. Then, when the students are finished, they will print their model and turn it in.


Estimated Time:

45 minutes



The students will be assessed by the accuracy of their models.