Postprint version. Published in Journal of Chemical Education, Volume 93, Issue 11, October 10, 2016, pages 1900-1903.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00361.
A simple manipulative resource, Atomic Tiles, is described for scaffolding the learning of Lewis structures without using algorithmic, rule-based methods of drawing. Students use Atomic Tiles to (1) create models of bonding that lead to drawing Lewis structures, (2) use the structures they create to infer patterns required for rational structures and common organic functional groups, (3) translate between Lewis structures and molecular models, and (4) use molecular models to identify isomers.
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