This activity is a great introduction to the periodic table of the elements. Students are asked to design a periodic table block for a fictional element. When complete, all student blocks are arranged into a periodic table that is displayed on a wall or bulletin board. Your students will enjoy reading their class periodic tables in the days to come!
Concepts addressed in this activity include: element names and symbols, the origin of an element’s name, atomic number and atomic mass, and determining the numbers of protons, neutrons, and electrons. This classroom resource will also serve as a reference for future lessons, and can be applied to the topics of chemical families and periodic chart arrangement, energy levels, valence electrons, oxidation numbers, chemical formulas, and even makes for some entertaining nomenclature lessons!
The imaginary element assignment offers a great deal of flexibility, allowing it to be completed inside or outside of the classroom. The element blocks can be made on white or construction paper, and students can choose to “bling” their cards if resources are available.
This download includes:
1. element card instructions
2. element card example