The Element Game is a review game based on the card game Pit by Parker Brothers. The first 86 elements on the periodic table are represented with their atomic number, mass, element symbol, family, valence electrons, # of electrons, # of protons, # of neutrons, element name, electron configuration, charge, and type of bond.
Decide which concepts you would like your students to know and how many students per group. For example, if you would like them practice finding the protons, neutrons, and electrons for an element with 4 students pick out the atomic number, mass, element name, # of protons, # of neutrons, and # of electrons cards for 4 different elements. Separate out the cards based on the type NOT the element. Each student then receives one of each type of card; a atomic number, mass, element name, # of protons, # of neutrons, and # of electrons. They then have to rapidly trade with others of their group to finish their element correctly first. Students can only trade a like card with a like card; a mass card for a different mass card for instance. Students can trade as many cards as they want at a time as long as they are trading like card for like card. The amount of different elements that are used is the same as the number of players, 2 players 2 elements, 3 players 3 elements, 4 players 4 elements, etc. This game is best with 5-8 people.
You can also play a Go Fish type game where students only have the element name and have to ask for the family, charge, or type of bond. “Do you have any halogens?” “Do you have any with a +3 charge?” “Do you have any that bond covalently?”
*The charges and valence electrons listed are the most common ones. Some elements have more than are listed. Some elements have 2 sets, one with a general concept electron configuration the other more aligned with AP chemistry with partially filled orbitals.
Covers **NGSS HS-PS2-1
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