In this inquiry simulation, students organize a group of mystery elements using properties such as the number of subatomic particles, Bohr models of the atom, electron configurations and metallic/nonmetallic properties. After organizing the elements, students answer questions relating to the trends they observed and begin to examine the relationship between valence electrons and parts of the configurations.
The activity consists of 3 pages that cover the following main ideas:
❶ Group Trends
❷ Period Trends
❸ Examining Metals and Nonmetals
❹ Examining Valence Electrons
❺ Examining Configurations
This simulation helps students to better understand how scientists use the chemical properties of elements to organize them into groups.
Students do not
need to know configurations to complete this activity - they are simply looking for patterns.
█■►Bonus: Included are eight
graphics created for the simulation that are for personal use. They are great to have available if you need to project parts of the simulation on the board.
☑ 27 Element Cards
☑ Student Activity Sheet
☑ Teacher Answer Key
☑ Teacher Instructions / Tips for Success
☑ Correlation to Next Generation Standards
☑ Eight Simulation Graphics - Personal use only.
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