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Molecules Are Everywhere!


Molecules Are Everywhere!

Have you ever wondered what things are made of? In the world around us we see things like wood, metal, and plastic, but what actually makes these materials different from each other? The answer is that they are made of different molecules! In Molecules Are Everywhere! kids will learn that small things called atoms are the building blocks of molecules. Atoms often have lonely electrons that want to pair with lonely electrons in other atoms, and when this happens, atoms can come together to make molecules! Molecules Are Everywhere! will introduce you to Ellie the Electron and her cousin, Sam, who will help you explore the world of covalent bonding and show you how to make your own molecules.

Mini-course is provided as a 30-page PDF, with a separate Science Tool Kit PDF to use to collect your badges

Prefer a printed mini-course? Molecules Are Everywhere! is also available as a beautiful workbook here on

Course Contents

  • Story: Ellie the Electron Finds a Friend. Join Ellie and her hydrogen atom as they look for other lonely electrons and introduce you to the concept of covalent bonding.
  • Activity 1: Make a Molecule! Cut out atoms and make your own molecules using the guide provided.
  • Activity 2: Be a Molecule with Your Friends. Now it’s time to BE part of a molecule yourself. Grab some friends or stuffed animals and get ready to bond!
  • Activity 3: Electron Match Card Game. Cut out the playing cards and see who can get the most points by pairing lonely electrons and making molecules.
  • Activity 4: Let’s Experiment!  Make New Molecules. Use some easy-to-find ingredients to perform a chemical reaction in your kitchen. Learn how atoms can rearrange to form new molecules!
  • Curiosity Connector. Delve deeper into the world of chemistry and molecules with some online resources.
  • Tools for Your Tool Kit. See if you can answer all the questions about atoms and molecules to earn Tools for your Science Tool Kit.
  • Glossary. Learn cool new chemistry definitions.

Concepts and Ideas

Molecules Are Everywhere! includes the following Disciplinary Core Ideas as described in the Next Generation Science Standards: 

Structure and Properties of Matter (PS1.A), Chemical Reactions (PS1.B).

How to Purchase

After checking out and purchasing the mini-course via PayPal, you will receive an email from Be Naturally Curious with a link to download the mini-course PDF. Your PDF will be stamped with your name and transaction number. You will also receive a link to download a Science Tool Kit PDF.  Please print this and use it to collect your Tool badges.

Illustrations by Veronique Latimer.




Molecules Are Everywhere!

Valerie Grosso

About Valerie Grosso

Valerie is a microbiologist who is curious about all the microscopic things that make up our world. She holds BS and PhD degrees from Yale and Harvard, respectively, and is a former college professor who is passionate about making higher-level scientific concepts part of every kid's life tool kit. She lives in New York City with her husband and two young daughters (who try out all the mini-courses) and spends her free time knitting and roaming around the American Museum of Natural History (not necessarily at the same time).

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