This fun and engaging activity gets your students thinking deeply and putting their knowledge of the periodic table to use as they solve elemental mysteries. By using the clues provided, students can identify the elements by reading the periodic table.After identifying elements with the provided clues students are asked to create their own mysteries by writing original clues! I've used this lesson for years in my classroom and my students are always engaged and learning! This lesson was created for upper elementary and middle school students and is great practice to help students reinforce the concepts of interpreting the periodic table and identifying elements.
This activity includes two versions of the periodic table and is ready to go with no prep required!
This lesson could be used as classwork, homework, with a sub, or could be used as a quiz! This lesson covers both common core concepts as well as Next Generation Science Standards NGSS concepts.
Highly engaging, high level thinking activity / lesson. Concepts covered include protons, neutrons, electrons, groups, periods, elements, basic chemistry, and the periodic table of the elements. High level thinking strategies and differentiated activities allow for different learning styles. Teacher key, teacher guide, downloadable fonts, daily goals, and links to additional resources included at no additional cost! Approximately one class period in length. As a point of reference I teach a 50 minute class and cover this in one to two days. Created by Mister Science.
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Common Core Standards addressed in this lesson:
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
This standard is met when students follow precise steps to analyze clues and determine how those clues indicate a specific element on the periodic table.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context.
This standard is met when students use the symbols and technical terms of the periodic table to correlate clues to a specific element.
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
This standard is met when students interpret text based clues and make connections between the text and the periodic table of the elements.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) addressed in this lesson:
MS-PS2-2. Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Analyzing data in 6–8 builds on K–5 and progresses to extending quantitative analysis to investigations, distinguishing between correlation and causation, and basic statistical techniques of data and error analysis.
Analyze and interpret data to determine similarities and differences in findings. (MS-PS1-2)
This standard is met when students use the data provided along with the Periodic Table of the Elements to interpret clues to determine the correct element.
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