Everything around you, in fact everything in the known universe is made up of elements. The oceans and the forests, automobiles and clouds, stars and planets, even your body and the air you breathe- all are composed of fewer than 100 different elements. What are these elements? In this project, students will create an element card that visually represents their assigned element and then conduct research and complete an element fact sheet.
Prior to this project, students receive their own periodic table and color code it to represent metals, nonmetals and metalloids. Students randomly choose an element and receive a white, yellow or green piece of project paper based on the type of element they chose.
The student info sheet explains the requirements for the project, and includes an organizer for students to use as they are conducting research.
I assign this project in all of my classes. My goal is to have each student represent a different element so that at the end I can collect all element cards and create one large periodic table of elements.
Covered in this project: using the periodic table, discovery of the element and origin of the name, important uses with visual representations, physical and chemical properties, slogan relating to the element's uses, element in its natural state, abundance, compounds or forms it is commonly found in and fun facts
Included in the attached zipped file:
Meet the Elements Info Sheet- 2 pages PDF
Meet the Elements Project Paper- 2 pages PDF
Meet the Elements Project Grading Rubric- 1 page PDF and 1 page Word
Meet The Elements Teacher Notes- 1 page PDF
Element List- 1 page PDF or 1 page Word