Through the year students have progressed from learning about atomic structure and the evolving model of the atom to learning about how to use the periodic table as a powerful tool.  Students can now use the periodic table to predict what will be produced during a chemical reaction.  Chemical reaction types are easily identifiable, and students can predict whether or not a chemical reaction will occur, and what products will be produced as a result.  Students can begin by predicting products, and can then move on to balancing the chemical equation.  We will be wrapping this up soon, and students will begin to learn about Lewis Dot Structures, which are a great way to determine how elements bond to form compounds.  Students will then move on to learning about electron configurations, which helps further explain how and why elements behave the way they do.