This short research project is intended for upper elementary school students. I teach 6th grade in Ohio, and this project is intended to meet the following standard:
6PS1.0 All matter is made up of small particles called atoms.
6PS1.3 Elements are a class of substances composed of a single kind of atom.
6PS1.4 Molecules are the combination of two or more atoms that are joined together chemically.
6PS1.5 Compounds are composed of two or more different elements.
The first page is a simple template that students use as they select an Excellent Element.
The second page includes guidelines for creating a Mighty Molecule model, which includes their element.
I have also included a few pictures of models created by 6th graders.
This document is in MS Word format, so you can alter it to fit the needs of your students.
It's a quick and easy way to introduce the concepts of elements, atoms, and molecules, without getting into all the more complex chemistry concepts that the students will encounter in middle school and high school.
If you like this project, please take a moment to leave some kind feedback. Thanks!