Sweet Combinations – Jelly Bean Chemistry

jellybean chemistry


Here’s a sweet introduction to chemical compounds. In advance, purchase a bag of jelly beans for every six students. Next, show students examples of common compounds. Explain that each compound is made up of the atoms of two or more chemical elements and display the chemical names from a copy of the charts. Then introduce the color code below for the chemical elements, pass out jelly beans and toothpicks, and guide the students in each group to assemble one molecule of each compound.

Color Code
H = red
O = black
Cl = white
Na = purple
C = orange
Fe = yellow
N = green

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About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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