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Intro to Periodic Table - Game (and trivia) for middle school

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6th - 8th, Homeschool
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  1. This is a collection of engaging and challenging lessons and activities for fifth through eighth graders just beginning to learn about matter and the periodic table of the elements.See the individual descriptions of each product for more details and previews.
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A fun way to practice with your middle schoolers:

Introduction to periodic table; metals, nonmetals, metalloids; groups; atomic number and protons, neutrons and electrons; compounds, elements and mixtures

Middle school students are fascinated by trivia and the elements on the periodic table seem very mysterious. This is a game that allows them repetitive practice with a handful of important concepts that are building blocks towards their understanding of future chemical concepts, and give them an introduction to some of the elements on the periodic table and some of their uses.

The key to this game is REPETITION, getting the students to understand and use the same basic concepts OVER AND OVER AGAIN, and getting used to finding elements on the periodic table, while having the challenge of beating their opponent instead of simply filling out a worksheet, and the FUN of learning random facts about the first 54 elements.

Students need to be introduced to the following concepts before playing this game.

- Metals, nonmetals, metalloids – locations on periodic table and general properties

- Compounds versus elements versus mixtures

- Introduction to elements – protons, electrons, neutrons, mass number, atomic number

- Elements in the same group (vertical column) have similar properties and will act similarly

- Counting atoms in chemical formulas

This game allows students practice in becoming comfortable with the organization of periodic table, and the difference between elements, compounds, and mixtures. A few correlations to standards commonly used are given, including NGSS MS-PS1-1 and MS-PS1-5 and 6th grade TEKS (Texas)

**The questions are viewable in the PREVIEW so you can verify that this will be great practice for your students**

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