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Transition Metals (II)
Students discuss transition metals, their properties, and where they are located on the periodic table as well as why transition metals are ideal for coins. After discussion, they conduct an experiment using copper in the form of old pennies and discover the chemical reaction that takes place between copper and oxygen.
Transition Metals (III)
Students discuss transition metals, where they are located on the periodic table, some of the element in the group, and some characteristics of the group. They work in groups to conduct an experiment in which they mix transition metals and water together to create a homemade hand warmer. Groups experience an exothermic reaction and discuss the results of their experiment.
Periodic Table of the Elements Transition Metals III
Students investigate properties of transition metals. In this chemical reaction lesson, students study the properties of transition metals. They will predict and observe a chemical reaction using a transition metal and explain how the chemical reaction observed is a property of the transition metal.
Ionic, Covalent, and Metallic Bonds
Sal introduces students to the ways that atoms "stick together" by bonding. Students see that the process of atomic bonding is what creates molecules. He outlines specific examples of atoms combining through covalent bonding, polar covalent bonding, and metallic bonding. Previous knowledge of how electrons are given away and taken by elements would come in handy when viewing this presentation for the first time.
Displacement Reactions of Metals
Chemistry stars experiment with metals to observe reactivity with salt solutions. They test magnesium, zinc, iron, and copper by immersing them into different solutions and observing for changes. A separate set of data tables is provided, but learners are also instructed to copy the table into a lab journal. Assign this lab activity when reviewing the properties of metals in your chemistry class.
Periodic Table: Transition Metals II
Students examine transitional metals. In this chemical reaction lesson, students investigate the transitional metals used in coins. They will observe some of the chemical properties of these metals and discuss why coins are made from transitional metals.
Students explore the unique properties of alkali metals. For this chemistry lesson, students create a mural of fireworks display after researching its different element components. They write a brief description about an alkali metal used in the fireworks display.
Students identify the properties of transition metals. For this chemistry lesson, students research facts and uses of one aluminum product they choose. They create an advertisement highlighting aluminum's useful properties.
Young scholars identify and describe transition metals. They discuss alloys and their benefits. Students research one common, alloy, its composition, properties, and uses. They are asked for some common properties of most transition metals. Young scholars identify the material used to make the aircraft carrier in the video.
Metals vs. Non-Metals
In this elements learning exercise, students compare and contrast the characteristics of metals and non-metals. Students practice drawing Lewis dot diagrams and writing ion notation. This learning exercise has 9 word problems, 8 matching questions, and 5 drawings.
Using Density to Identify Metals
Students learn how to measure the density of metals. In this density of metals lesson plan, students measure the density of various metals in order to determine what metals were substituted in a king's crown, scepter, breast plate and sword. They measure mass and volume and calculate the density of each metal. They compare their calculations to the actual values of density for each metal.
Displacement Reactions of Metals
In this displacement reaction of metals worksheet, students experiment with 4 different metals and 4 different sulphate solutions to determine the reactivity of each metal. Students use their data to determine the number of times a metal was coated by the metal of the sulphate solution and they write a chemical reaction for each of the reactions.
Reactions of Metals with Water, Acid, and Air
Chemistry aces test samples of copper, iron, zinc, and magnesium metals in water, hydrochloric acid, and heat. The assignment is organized and the procedures easily followed. A data table and conclusion instructions are given for junior chemists to record in their science journals. This concise laboratory exercise is valuable for introducing your class to chemical reactions.
Metals, Non-metals, Metalloids
Pupils discuss the physical and chemical properties of metals and non-metals. As a group, they classify items as a metal or non-metal. Using the periodic table chart, students discuss the characteristics of each metal. Based upon gained/lost electrons, they determine descriptions of metals and nonmetals.
Chemistry: Metals and Non-Metals
Students conduct an experiment to test the reactivity of metals and non-metals. In this chemistry lesson students test metals with different chemicals to observe the reaction. The results are used to categorize the metals.
Metals, Non-Metals, Metalloids
Students describe properties of various elements. They arrange the elements based on properties in order to explain the organization of the periodic table. They label elements as metal, non-metal, or metalloid.
Middle schoolers study the importance of alkaline earth metals. In this metals lesson students research the minerals that are essential for human health.
Metal Magic Journals
Create beautiful Metal Magic Journals with this lesson plan. They are great for keepsakes and gifts! It is also a fun way to learn about wax and metal.
Pursuit of The Properties of Metals and Nonmetals
Students examine how every element is classified based on the physical and chemical properties. In this properties of metals lesson students divide into groups, complete a lab and finish a data sheet.
New! Can You Copperplate?
Introduce emerging engineers to the process of metal plating. This resource provides background reading on chemical engineering, plating, and corrosion. It concludes with a copper plating activity. The standards alignment list includes grades three through five Next Generation Science Standards, but the age levels in the teachers notes do not agree. Upper-elementary learners may be able to handle the activity, but the chemistry concepts are likely to be beyond them.