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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students explore the unique properties of alkali metals. In 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 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 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.
Middle schoolers 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. Middle schoolers identify the material used to make the aircraft carrier in the video.
Students 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.
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.
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.
Students study the importance of alkaline earth metals.  In this metals lesson students research the minerals that are essential for human health. 
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.
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. 
In this elements learning exercise, high schoolers 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.
Young scholars 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.
In this displacement reaction of metals worksheet, high schoolers 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.
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.
Students conduct an exothermic reaction to investigate the properties of a transition metal. For this periodic table lesson, students identify the transition elements and discuss their properties after watching a video. They conduct an experiment to investigate the reactivity of iron with oxygen in air and water.