This fun and engaging activity gets your students thinking deeply and putting their knowledge of atoms and the periodic table to the test. Perfect for test prep!
By using the clues along with the included periodic table, students color the shapes to reveal a fun space character inspired by the Star Wars series. This lesson was created for elementary and middle school students and is great practice to help students reinforce the concepts of the periodic table, periods, groups, atomic mass, atomic number, protons, electrons, and atomic symbols. Although I usually use this as classwork focused on standardized test preparation, this would work well as a homework assignment or quiz.
Activity is ready to go with NO PREP REQUIRED! All you need to do is make copies! Would work well with a sub if desired.
This lesson covers both common core concepts as well as Next Generation Science Standards NGSS concepts. Highly engaging, high level thinking activity / review. Concepts covered include the periodic table, periods, groups, atomic mass, atomic number, and atomic symbols, protons, electrons. Teacher key, teacher guide, downloadable fonts, and links to additional resources included at no additional cost! Approximately one to two class periods in length. As a point of reference I teach a 50 minute class and most students do not complete this activity in one class period (I have those who don't finish complete the assignment for homework). Created by Mister Science.
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Common Core Standards addressed in this lesson:
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
This standard is met when students solve the questions and follow the procedure to reveal the mystery picture.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
This standard is met when students solve questions regarding atomic symbols, atomic masses, atomic weights, and other key terms and vocabulary specific to the periodic table.
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
This standard is met when students use both technical and quantitative answers to create a visual representation of those answers.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) addressed in this lesson:
HS-PS1-1 Matter and its Interactions
PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
Each atom has a charged substructure consisting of a nucleus, which is made of protons and neutrons, surrounded by electrons.
The periodic table orders elements horizontally by the number of protons in the atom’s nucleus and places those with similar chemical properties in columns. The repeating patterns of this table reflect patterns of outer electron states.
This standard is met when students use the patterns of the periodic table to solve the questions and reveal a mystery picture.
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