Chemistry Monopoly Game!

I am SO excited to share this Chemistry Monopoly game with you all! I am sharing it with special permission from the Director of Academics who was kind enough to let me post here for all of our families! Miss Kammerzell‘s Chemistry class students at Revival Christian Academy created their own Chemistry Monopoly game. They creatively put this together and won top honors at the Science and History fair! I have listed instructions here on how you can make their own chemistry board. You may use this keeping in mind that it is for personal use only and you may not sell it. Many thanks to Miss Kammerzell, check out her uber awesome site {HERE}, and her students and the Revival Christian Academy! You guys! My kids are ELATED to be playing Chemistry Monopoly, the little one is going around carrying his Periodic Table element tiles because this is SO familiar as a relatable classic game and really engages them, which encourages further exploration! WIN! it is one of our favorite ways to connect as a family! See more ideas {HERE}. Right click on pictures to save them to your computer for printing. Have fun! And let us know how you use it with your families! Vocabulary Key: Instructions to make your own set: The board can be printed and cropped as a 16 x 16 inch piece. You may use a photo printing service or print at home. Trim and laminate for durability. The Element Cards: The properties around the board are taken from the Periodic Table of Elements, and grouped together by their similar features or values. All elements, when originally purchased from the Lab (our “bank”), are in their gas phase. When a player upgrades his property, he is actually condensing it, first to the liquid phase, and then to solid. Selling upgrades indicates that the elements are evaporating back toward their gas phase. If a player runs out of money and needs to “mortgage” a property, we think about the Law of Mass Conservation, which says that matter cannot be created or destroyed, but transferred. Thus, the player transfers his Elements back to the lab. Our “property cards” not only incorporate our revised vocabulary, but each one features a special “Fun Fact” about the Element it represents. We saved the cards as PDF files (front | back) and had them printed on card stock, cut, and laminated. The Railroads and Utilities: In a standard game of Monopoly, the railroads are the vehicles you might ride to get from one street to another. In the lab, Elements are transported in vessels such as beakers, graduated cylinders, test tubes, and watch glasses—the Lab Supplies! It’s hard to imagine being able to survive without electricity or water. These utilities are vital to sustaining life. Carbon is the key component for all known life on earth and, because they have the same number of valence electrons, Carbon and Silicon behave very similarly. Some people hypothesize that life forms could be Silicon-based. These Life Elements seemed like a natural parallel to the Utilities. The Finances: Each element has its own mass, which is measured by the Atomic Mass Unit (AMU). In our chemistry class, AMUs are arguably the most-referenced values in all of our math work. That being said, it just seemed to make sense (phonetically, too) that AMUny should replace the Monopoly money. (Right click on the image at the top for the full image file of the AMUny logo.) Nobody likes to give away their money, but taxes seem to be inevitable. One might even say they are a constant burden. Speaking of constants… There are these two that are special, as they are the key to stoichiometry, which helps us relate proportions in chemical reactions. Named after Max Planck and Amedeo Avagadro, these numbers are vital to our chemistry work. Our AMUny maker was a creative cat-meme fan. You can print your own AMUny on different color papers for each denomination: 1 | 5 | 10 | 20 | 50 | 100 | 500. (Using traditional Monopoly money can work as well.) The Hardware: Certainly you could use the standard markers, houses, and hotels with your Chemistry Monopoly game, which may save a little time and money. But here’s what we did: Five of our hand-crafted game tokens are 3D models of covalent-bonded molecules. These molecules form tight bonds, and gain their shape based on their electronegativity. Our sixth game piece is a miniature likeness of our chemistry text book by Dr. Jay Wile. Our liquids (“houses”) are tiny cork jars filled with colored water. You can find them here on Amazon. Our solids (“hotels”) are dark, flat hematite cube beads, such as these on Amazon or Etsy Lab Day and Test Day: One of our very creative students edited the traditional “Chance” and “Community Chest” card instructions to suit our game more appropriately. You can print your own (we used colored card stock) with these files: Lab Day (Chance): Face | Back Test Day (Community Chest): Face | Back The Rules: The rules for Chemistry Monopoly are very similar to the rules for ordinary Monopoly, but the vocabulary has changed a bit to be adapted to our version. You can reference the booklet online here, download and save it, or print it to keep with your own set of Chemistry Monopoly. Ready for some more Fun Family Activities? Check out 10 Winter Family Activities the Kids Will Beg For! Also, our 15 Fall Themed STEM Activities And stop by to see what Yuck-Free Summer Activities you can adapt for different seasons! credit Pinterest We’d love to hear how you’re planning to use this! Will you use it to teach the kids, family game night, etc? Please share your comments below with us! This post may contain Amazon Affiliate Links and other Affiliate Links. For more info please see our Disclosure Policy. #science #chemistrymonopoly #chemistry #boardgame #chemistryboardgame

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