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The Structure
of Matter

an outline

Larry Flammer


Nature of Scienc

Atomic Theory


Introduction to the key words and concepts for the structure of matter. Outlines and briefly explains the levels of organization in atomic theory, including Matter, atoms, elements, molecules, compounds and subatomic particles. Also summarizes physical states of matter, physical changes and chemical changes. Basic background information for students in any high school science class.


Just quick reference pages for students in middle and high school science classes. Outlines the key words and concepts of atomic theory.




   Students will....

... recognize examples and descriptions of selected key terms in the structure and changesĀ  of matter.


Provide as handouts (see below)



1. The Structure of Matter (1 page outline)

2. Elementary Particles in the Standard Model (1/2 page)



1. Can be used to introduce demos and lessons about the structure and organization of matter and its changes. For intro to life science of biology, provide as handout with Structure and Changes of Matter and Intro to Molecular Biology (back-to-back) on one sheet. For physics or physical science, use the Elementary Particles summary on the back.

2. These can serve as a wrap-upĀ  sheet for checking student understanding about these items


See Teaching Strategy


See Assessable Objectives



Develop big models or magnitic board demo pieces to walk students through the terms and concepts.

Develop dynamic presentation of these terms and concepts.


For more details, do Google search of key terms of interest, and get an overview of those details from Wikipedia postings.
For Elementary Particles details (with graphics), got to

Other useful resources (handouts and teaching ideas), especially for life science or biology, can be found on this site on the BioEnergetics page. Take a look especially at the Chemistry & Meaning of Life.


Some of the ideas in this lesson may have been adapted from earlier, unacknowledged sources without our knowledge. If the reader believes this to be the case, please let us know, and appropriate corrections will be made. Thanks.

1. Original Source:Compiled by Larry Flammer in the 1960s for use in biology and physical science
Added to ENSI website December 2014

4. Edited / Adapted for website by L. Flammer Dec. 2014


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