Physical Science, Matter, Atoms, Elements, Periodic Table
Informational Reading, Research
Students research an element from the Periodic Table of Elements. They find the chemical symbol, atomic number, atomic weight, and the number of electrons in the first four energy layers. They then build a model of an atom of that element using paper circles. After researching to find who discovered the element and finding three uses for that element, students practice their computer skills to save, resize, insert and print pictures. They type a short paragraph describing their element, and then put it together on a large piece of construction paper for display.
The directions on each page are clear enough for my students to follow them independently, and they walk away with a colorful model of an element they’ve put together using simple, inexpensive materials. With some basic guidance, it works well as an independent study project, or as an individual or small group assignment. It would also work well for 5th or 6th graders.