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ACTIVITY in Introduction, Elements, Periodic Table. Last updated February 5, 2019.


Summary

In this activity, students will become familiar with the periodic table by creating a skit to explain an element’s symbol, atomic number, and atomic mass.

Grade Level

Middle or high school

Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students should will

  • Be more familiar with the elements on the periodic table.

Chemistry Topics

This lesson supports students’ understanding of

  • Periodic table

Time

Teacher Preparation: 10 minutes

Lesson: one class period to present, optional class time for students to prepare

Materials

  • Materials vary depending on how much class time is used to prepare skits.

Safety

  • No specific safety precautions need to be observed for this activity.

Teacher Notes

This is an opportunity for students to get creative with the periodic table as they are learning about elements that may be unknown to them. If you give students time to do some research, they may discover elements they are unfamiliar with are used in everyday things, and elements they are familiar with have uses they don’t expect.

For the Student

Lesson

You have been hired to present information about one element to a local youth group and must include three important pieces of information about that element. You will design a skit portraying one of the first 25 elements of the periodic table that includes three key pieces of information.

Why, you ask?

A strong wind came through the window and knocked the periodic table off the wall. The wind was so strong that the periodic table was actually ripped into pieces. You have been hired to present the information to a local youth group that will allow them to reconstruct their periodic table. You must include three important pieces of information that are included on each square of the periodic table.

Scoring Guidelines

Score

Category-length

Category-content

4

at least 1 minute

contains correct symbol, name, and number

3

at least 45 seconds

contains two of the three pieces of information

2

at least 30 seconds

contains one of the three pieces of information

1

shorter than 30 seconds

contain none of the required pieces of information

0

does not attempt

does not attempt