This is a periodic table with some personality! If your students can remember that the Alkali and Alkaline Earth metals are the 'hippies', they will also remember that these atoms give away their valence electrons...peace and love, man! If they can remember that the Halogens are the greedy guys, they will also remember that these atoms take valence electrons from others. This graphic organizer and matching Powerpoint give personality-analogies to 7 of the element groups, with both names and explanations to help your students to wrap their heads around the typical behavior of the chemical elements and for some, what they are used for.
There are five pages in the download, plus a Powerpoint presentation that walks students through the analogies and gives descriptions of why the analogies can be used with each respective group. This gives you some flexibility with how to use this product:
✎ hand out the graphic organizer with all of the 'personalities' and information already written on it
✎ hand out the graphic organizer with the personality names and have students fill in the information to explain them (you could do this as a discussion or use the Powerpoint)
✎ hand out the graphic organizer with just the pictures of the 'personalities‘ and have students fill in the names and the information to explain them
✎ print the chart version on the back of any of the graphic organizers so students don’t have to write as much
✎ print the empty chart version on the back of any of the graphic organizers to give students more room or to use as a ‘quiz’ review of the information
If you are teaching an introductory chemistry unit, a great activity to use alongside this is my Bohr Diagrams Atom Manipulatives Activity
. You may also be interested in my Element Families of the Periodic Table Informational Text Activity
Thank you for looking!