Investigating the Periodic Table

This Lesson Plan works out over three class periods and involves two assessments. The final product is a poster or a performance piece by the students.
Class is broken up into five groups. Each group gets a question:

1. What are the ten most common elements in the Universe? In the Earth? List these by mass in descending order. List their Period, Group, Atomic Number, Atomic Mass, Physical State at 70Degrees Fahrenheit, Density, Melting Point, and Boiling Point.

2. What were the first 10 elements to be discovered? How were they discovered and what was their earliest use? How are they used today? List their Period, Group, Atomic Number, Atomic Mass, Physical State at 70Degrees Fahrenheit, Density, Melting Point, and Boiling Point.

3. What is a Group? What is a Period? Briefly describe the characteristics and properties of each Group and Period. Give one example of an element in each Group and Period. List their Period, Group, Atomic Number, Atomic Mass, Physical State at 70Degrees Fahrenheit, Density, Melting Point, and Boiling Point.

4. Hydrogen, Helium, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Silicon, Iron, Copper, Silver, Gold, Aluminum, Platinum, Mercury, Lead, Uranium. Make up a creative way to memorize these elements’ Period, Group, Atomic Number, Atomic Mass, Physical State at 70Degrees Fahrenheit, Density, Melting Point, and Boiling Point.

What are the two major categories of the Periodic Table? List the characteristics and properties of their sub-categories and give two elemental examples of each. List their Period, Group, Atomic Number, Atomic Mass, Physical State at 70Degrees Fahrenheit, Density, Melting Point, and Boiling Point.

Students will produce a worksheet which answers their question completely. Assess this. Students will then pass their worksheet off to another group who will then produce a poster or performance piece or whatever. This will be assessed as well.

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About gblakney

Middle School Mathematics Teacher, passionate EdTech user who loves to experiment with new methods and tools in the classroom. Following the lead of Dan Meyer and Jo Boaler, I create a safe place for kids to discover the fun and beauty of maths. I use Number Talks and Groupwork to make maths accessible for all of my students. I enjoy Mathematics and I'm enthusiastic about teaching; the kids really respond to that.
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