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Teaching your unit covering atoms and the periodic table doesn’t have to be overwhelming or boring. My students love this clue style mystery activity and I bet yours will too!
Your students will be having fun and learning as they use their knowledge of atoms and the periodic table to solve the mystery of how a real thinking cap experiment went wrong. This engaging activity is based on the classic board game “Clue” and can be used as an individual, seated activity or a stations style activity that gets students up and moving. This activity has long been a favorite of my students! This lesson makes reviewing or introducing atoms and the periodic table easy for you and fun for your students!
I’ve found that my students really benefit from these activities, especially around test time. This lesson is a perfect way to incorporate kinesthetic learning in your classroom and is a great way to engage multiple learning styles.
Two versions of the lesson and full answer keys are included.
HOW I’VE USED THE LESSON IN MY CLASSROOM
I use this activity as a key component of my atoms and periodic table unit. It’s a perfect way to incorporate a fun and active lesson into your classroom! I’ve found this lesson to be a great introduction to atoms and the periodic table, especially if you have time to let your students research vocab definitions, or as a review at the end of the unit.
I’ve used the independent version with a sub before. I find my students are really engaged with activities like this one and it does seem to cut down on behavior issues for the sub, and students are learning valuable information.
Approximately one class period in length (as a point of reference, I teach a 50-minute class). I generally have my students complete the activity and associated worksheet as classwork in a single day. Created by Mister Science
FOR MY FELLOW TEXANS
I use this lesson to support Texas TEKS 8.5A, 8.5B, and 8.5C.
However, this lesson would work well in any classroom that covers atoms and the periodic table.
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Includes a PowerPoint, two foldables, embedded video, link to a free app, full teacher keys, and tips on how to best use the lesson in your classroom!
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