Lesson Plan: Coordinate Covalent Bonds Chemistry

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to describe and illustrate coordinate covalent bonds in simple molecules and metal compounds.


Students will be able to

  • define a coordinate covalent bond and explain how it differs from a conventional covalent bond,
  • recall and use the correct notation to indicate a coordinate covalent bond,
  • describe coordinate covalent bonds using Lewis structures or dot-and-cross diagrams,
  • describe and illustrate coordinate covalent bonding in simple covalent molecules such as HO3+, NH4+, and CO,
  • relate coordinate covalent bonding with Lewis acids and bases,
  • describe and explain coordinate covalent bonding in metal complexes, with a focus on hydrated metal ions.


Students should already be familiar with

  • covalent bonding,
  • Lewis structures.


Students will not cover

  • geometries of metal complexes,
  • ligands or backbonding.

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