The Element Cube Project - Periodic Table is my modified and updated take on the classic Element Cube Project. I have been doing this project for 10 years and it is a very quick and efficient project for students to complete.
In this project students receive six sheets of square pieces of card stock (or some other heavy duty paper). The art teacher at my school helps out by having the pieces of paper cut to the right size and out of a thick enough paper so that the cube can keep its shape. Each square of card stock is a side of the cube and each side has some requirements that need to be completed, for example side #1 requires the symbol and name while side #6 will need to display the elements uses. Each side has different requirements.
I make this project an individual project where each student is assigned an element to research. I give the students 2-3 day to complete their cube and at the end of the project each student presents their element and we assemble a periodic table made out of all the cubes students have made. My project is worth up to 300 points (each side is worth 50 points). You can have certain requirements for what is needed to achieve 50 points or a portion of that 50 points on each side of the element cube depending on what works best for your students. I also give out a few bonus points for neatness and creativity as well.
In my science class I assign a "project" every quarter. The Element Cube project is what my students are tasked with during our time we cover the atom and periodic table.
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