In this activity, which can be used in several ways, students will use clues to determine the name of a mystery element. The file in in Word (Doc) format, and can be edited to meet your needs.
Included are clues for the first 88 elements (skipping the Lanthanides).
I've picked 16 of the element clues, and inserted them into the premade documents. These can be easily swapped out for other clues, should you chose to do so.
This work could easily be used with students from middle school (with parent support), all the way to intro college chemistry.
Included is a sheet with only the 16 clues. This can be made into a laminated class set of clues, with students responding on their own paper.
I've also included a sheet with the 16 clues, as well as a place to respond. This could be used for individual or group worksheets.
There's another sheet (two half sheets) with spaces for responses only, to be used in conjunction with the "clue only" sheet, or if you wish to distribute clues one at a time, through class, e-mail, or "slips" (see below).
Finally, I've formatted the clues in a way that allows you to cut them into strips, for distribution to students. Simply cut off the right hand side of each strip (the answer) when cutting out the strips on the paper cutter.
I personally use this (the worksheet) as extra credit in my 7th grade class, with parents getting involved. I have a Google Form set up, and use it to collect responses. I then use Flubaroo to instantly grade the responses. I've included a basic idea of how I do this, as well as a link to Flubaroo's site, which has a good "how it works" video on their site.
At the end of the document, you'll find a reference to the source of my information.
As stated, you're more than welcome to edit the assignment to make it your own!