Periodic Table Teacher Resources
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Periodic Table Trends: Ionization Energy
Ionization energy is the energy required to remove an electron from an atom while in its stable state of being. Students review what an ion is, and how much energy would be required to remove an electron from elements based on their position in the periodic table. Sal effectively uses a graph that has ionization energy on the vertical axis, and an elements atomic number on the horizontal axis to help illustrate ionization energy.
Groups of the Periodic Table
Describing the various groups of elements within the periodic table is the focus of this video. Sal helps students understand the common characteristics that elements in the same group share. Group names include the Alkaline Metals, The Earth Metals, The Transition Metals, etc. Sal makes it clear that they are grouped together mainly because of the number of electrons they have in their outer shell.
Repeating Patterns: The Shape of the Periodic Table
Students use the electron configurations of elements to determine their positions in the Periodic Table. In this periodic table lesson plan, students use the handouts provided to determine electron configurations for various elements. They use the electron configurations to organize and find elements in the Periodic Table of the Elements.
Periodic Table Assignment
In this periodic table activity, students complete a crossword puzzle given 22 clues about elements in the periodic table, periodic law, properties of elements and atomic mass and number. Students also fill in a periodic table to identify solids, liquids and gases, metals and non-metals, metalloids, and groups.
Introduction to the Periodic Table
Learners classify elements according to their properties. In this physical science instructional activity, students design their own periodic table by placing element cards on a blank periodic table. They analyze trends in periodic properties.
The Periodic Table of the Elements
Learners research the elements used to create fireworks. In this periodic table lesson, students discuss common metals, their characteristics, and their places on the periodic table. They work in small groups to research the elements used in fireworks and create a mural relating the elements and the fireworks.
Chalkboard Challenge: The Periodic Table and Periodicity
In a well-prepared Jeopardy-style game, your chemisty class can review the periodic table. Questions cover the element groups, some history, atomic number, atomic and ionic radii, electronegativity, and the shielding effect. What a fun way to prepare for a quiz or exam!
Trends in the Periodic Table
In this trends in the periodic table worksheet, high schoolers plot the ionization energy vs. atomic number and they plot atomic radius vs. atomic number of the first 20 elements. Students analyze their graphs and answer questions about the trends in the periodic table of these elements.
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One of the more comprehensive of the many periodic table applications, this one comes with a molar mass calculator, graph views, and the ability to arrange elements in the order of your choice of properties. Full of fabulous features, it is well worth the cost!
Elements, Atoms, and the Periodic Table
Through three separate exercises, chemistry explorers examine common atoms, the periodic table, and atomic structure. They identify the structural features of an atom, read the periodic table of elements, and calculate the atomic weight of an atom, given its atomic number. Plenty of background information is provided. The easiest way to use this resource would be to get learners online to read it and write their answers on a separate piece of paper to turn in.
Reading the Periodic Table
Learners explore the structure and function of the periodic table of elements. Though memorization drills and games, students working in pairs, identify the elements of the periodic table, their grouping, their properties and their possible uses.
Elements of Chemistry: The Periodic Table
Young scholars examine the atomic structure of elements. In this chemistry lesson students organize elements of the periodic table according to their atomic mass, and compare their order within the periodic table.
The Periodic Table of the Elements
Young scholars analyze the arrangement of the periodic table and fill in missing data on a chart of their own.
The Periodic Table of Elements
Pupils examine the periodic table of elements. In this basic chemistry lesson, students examine the origin of the Periodic Table and explore an interactive version that allows them to extract chemical information.
An Alien Periodic Table
Students construct a periodic table based on the physical and chemical properties of elements. In this chemistry instructional activity, students share their work with the class and explain why they classified the elements that way.
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.
What will happen if you put the elements sodium and chlorine together? Sal answers this question, and others like it, in this video on valence electrons. The presence of electrons in an element's outer shell determines which element will "overpower" the other. Sal uses the periodic table of the elements to help students understand these valence electron configurations.
Reading Comprehension: History of the Periodic Table
Although the article that launches this lesson is about the history of the Periodic Table, the objective is reading comprehension. Using the eight-page informational text, learners answer five comprehension questions and craft one essay. They utilize text features such as headings and graphics to more efficiently move through the questions, and mark the text as they read to note important facts. This is also a great way to teach vocabulary in context and text features. The reading is not difficult or long.
Have a Seat At the Periodic Table
Students examine the history and design of the periodic table. They view a video to see how the table was designed and interact with the table using computers. They apply what they have learned to a jeopardy game.
The Periodic Table
Eighth graders read and interpret the Periodic Table. They also make decisions on how to group and arrange different kinds of matter and draw the structure of atoms of pure elements. Finally, 8th graders contrast and compare basic elements by their chemical symbol, atomic number and their arrangement of particles.