This is a fun and interactive project where students will learn about the families of elements on the periodic table as well as special uses and characteristics of elements. Students will use their internet research skills to find which element has the highest strength-to-density ratio, where the Alkali metals are located, which metal is a liquid at room temperature, and more.
I always love the day I do this project - students are engaged, excited to use their phones or other devices to find the elements, and they enjoy coloring :) It also makes a great take-home project too!
Examples of prompts students will research and then follow:
~Color the element that plays an important role in the transportation of oxygen in all vertebrates dark red.
~The only metal that is a liquid at room temperature should be colored orange.
~The 1943 Steel Wartime cent coin is the only US coin ever circulated without this element. Color it green.
~This element is found in cold lozenges and in some over-the-counter cold remedies. Color it teal.
~The element that is a poisonous yellow-green gas at room temperature should be colored yellow-green.
~The halogen that is a dark purple solid at room temperature should be colored dark purple.
~Color the element used in some toothpastes and city water to prevent tooth decay pink.
~Color the element used to fill blimps and balloons blue.
~This element was once used in plumbing. It is now known to be a neurotoxin that can cause nervous system damage and brain disorders. Color it dark grey.
Included is a blank periodic table, a finished example periodic table, instructions and an answer key.
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