Studying Aluminum

As part of our chemistry lesson today, we leaned that atoms are the smallest building blocks.  We took pieces of aluminum foil and studied it up close and under a microscope.

The aluminum looks very different when it is completely flat compared to when it is crumpled up.

Under an electron microscope, the aluminum looks like the countryside viewed from an airplane.  We found this fascinating.

We tore the foil into the smallest possible pieces and glued the pieces on our worksheet. 


When we looked at the smallest piece (the size of a pin), we learned that even this smallest piece can still be broken down in even smaller pieces.  The smallest possible piece of aluminum, is called an ATOM.  Atoms are the smallest building blocks of matter. 

This activity was one of many in a Microscope Activity Pack.

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