Using the Periodic Table
Created by: L. SWAIN 
Area of Study
Periodic Table
                                       CLASS  AND  INFORMATION COLLECTED  ON THE INTERNET  TO 
                                       CREATE  A STRUCTURED CHART  THAT HIGHLIGHTS A SPECIFIC 
                                       ELEMENT FROM THE PERIODIC TABLE. 


Investigating the Periodic Table
            The periodic table is a helpful tool used by scientists and students to find the structured sequence which identifies an element.  With practice you can determine information such as: number of protons, number of neutrons, number of electrons,  valence electrons, the electron configuration, the number of shells, atomic number, mass number, atomic mass number,  whether the element is a metal, non-metal, or metalloid, whether the element is a solid, liquid, or gas, how reactive the element is, the physical and chemical properties of the element, the chemical bonding possibilities of the element, and more .
Your task:
  A. Choose an element you want to research and follow 
          the assignment guidelines. (grading rubric is included)

     (B) Use at least three sources from the internet to obtain your
     (C) Present your project on poster board (assignment guidelines
           for specific instructions are below)

Assignment Guidelines:
1. Use poster board or foam board to illustrate the element.

2. Neatness includes using a ruler to draw straight lines and using computer
    print programs or stencils to produce clean, clear printing.

3. Make a key indicating the nucleus, orbitals, protons, neutrons, electrons.

4. Include physical properties of the element (description of what the element
    looks like, density, melting point, state of matter, metal, non-metal,
    metalloid, crystalline structure, hardness...etc...)

5. Include chemical properties of the element (description of how the element 
    reacts with other elements such as: whether an element is corrosive, 
    combustible, or flammable)

6. Include the element's group number and family name

7. All the isotopes for that element will be illustrated.  Show the number of 
    protons, neutrons, electrons, orbitals, and isotope formulas for each 
    illustration.  (look at chart in textbook or internet to find isotopes)

8. Make a Lewis drawing with an explanation of what this drawing tells the
    person reading the chart.

9. Name some commonly identified molecules with this element in it. Give 
    historical information: 
    Who discovered it? 
    Where was it discovered? 
    When  was it discovered? 
    What are it's uses? 
    When was it discovered? 

Procedure  (Use the web sites in section below to complete the following 7 steps) 

1. Select an internet link (by clicking the mouse)
2. Select the element that you want to research (by clicking the mouse on the box
    which provides  detailed  information of the element you are researching)
3. From this menu of information record specific data for each component 
    on your structured chart.
4. Select  two more internet links and repeat steps two and three.
5. Summarize the information collected from the three resources.
6. Organize your work according to the assignment guidlines on the structured
7. Construct the illustrated chart as shown in the format.

Click on two or more of the links below to complete steps 1-7


Rubric for Grading
40 pts possible 

Diagram of the atom (Bohr model) 

Key for identifing the model 

Lewis drawing of atom with explanation of what this shows you 

Isotope drawings  for the element you are researching 
(indicating protons, nuetrons, electrons and isotope formulas) 

20pts possible ______ 



Neat Prsentation (printing, computer printed, stenciling, straight lines) 

Material Organized 

20 pts possible ______
Historical Data
20pts possible ______

Family  name and group number 

Physical Properties (such as: state of matter, density, melting point, metal, 
non-metal, metalloic, characteristics...) 

Chemical Properties (How does it react with other substances? corrosive, flammable, reactive, non- reactive) 

Report on  information one of the choices below: 

Choice A : Who discovered it, When was it discovered, What is it used for? 


Choice B : Identify some common molecules with this element in it. 

Total number of points  _______

Grade = ______

A Few Internet Resources:
Awesome Science Library
Martindale's Reference Desk
Potter's Gems
Sheppard's Science Resources
Sheppard's Useful Links

Search Engines
Alta Vista Hotbot Search Engine Watch
All the Web Lycos Snap
Dogpile Northern Light Study Web
Excite Savvy Search Webcrawler
Google Yahoo  |   Yahooligans


  Any problems or comments please E-mail


Email: (L. Swain) 

Created August 7th, 1998
Revised March, 6, 2000