TWO VERSIONS! Use as an inquiry-based introduction OR a review activity of how to read the Periodic Table - perfect for middle school.
For Classes With No Periodic Table Background (Inquiry-Based Intro): Students follow along with an activity sheet that clearly directs them step-by-step. First, students are given 10 cards with atom drawings on them. Then, students identify similarities and differences between the atoms. Next, they are given 10 boxes from the periodic table that match each of the 10 atom drawings. Students must try to figure out which atom drawing matches with which periodic table box. Once they think they have matched up the correct cards, they view an answer key. From there, students answer several analysis questions and complete a Claims-Evidence-Reasoning grid related to which parts of the periodic table relate to which parts of the atom. Finally, they use what they have learned about how to read the periodic table to draw an atom. (4-page document)
For Classes That Have a Periodic Table Background (Review): Use this as a quick interactive review. Provide students with the atom cards and the periodic table boxes and have them justify their matches using their knowledge of subatomic particles (electrons, protons, neutrons), atomic number, and atomic mass. Students complete an analysis and review section. (3-page document)
Both versions cover the following topics: atomic number, atomic mass, protons, electrons, neutrons, the basics of energy levels, and the basics of charges on atoms.
Atom cards are provided in both black and white and color.
INCLUDES PRINTABLE PERIODIC TABLE
INCLUDES ANSWER KEYS
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