This is an activity designed to give middle school students exposure to the elements of the periodic table. Although students had some knowledge of atoms, they were generally unfamiliar with the periodic table. I designed this worksheet to allow them to explore the names of the elements and classify some element names into categories. Many elements are named for people and places.
I am including the student copy of the Element search and find in both doc and pdf format. An answer key is provided, along with some teacher's notes on using it and setting up the lesson, and extensions you could use. I am also including a PowerPoint that has the basic format of the worksheet, broken into categories. The PowerPoint is “blank” essentially, without answers filled in, because students volunteered answers in my classroom. This is convenient for use with a smartboard.
Some categories are challenging for students to complete. We went over those as a class. To me, it only made sense that students become familiar with element names in order to recognize them later on when presented with classifying and defining elements, compounds, and mixtures.