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Middle School Science - Discovering Periodic Table Patterns

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This is an inquiry-based classroom activity designed to get your middle school science students thinking about why the periodic table looks the way it does. Students will determine protons, neutrons, and electrons for elements #1 - 18 and draw the Bohr and Lewis Dot structures for each. The focus is on the patterns we can see in groups and periods of elements. Fantastic as a part of an atomic structure unit! Includes coloring, some drawing, cutting, and pasting - so it is sure to be engaging for your students. The questions lead students to notice patterns without specifically telling them what the patterns are.

You'll need 11 x 17 or larger paper for students to be able to create their chart - but if you don't have any, you can work around it. There have been times when I thought I had 11 x 17 but didn't - I had students tape the finished cards onto their desk and that worked just fine. They didn't have the table to look at later, but they had the full table (of course) and the real point of this is to notice and name the patterns :)

I've included sheets with energy levels drawn and corresponding sheets without energy levels - you know your students best, so use the sheets that make sense for your kids. Teacher notes and key are included. I also did a quick google search for free printable periodic tables and have included them as a convenience. The color table can be printed on a large format printer if you have access - if you don't, or if you want a set of colored charts to laminate for a classroom set, just set your printer properties to scale to one sheet and it will print beautifully.

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