Using the Periodic Table
Area of Study: CHEMISTRY
STUDENTS WILL APPLY KNOWLEGE OF CONCEPTS LEARNED IN 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 .
(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)
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
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
Content - 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)
Artisitc - 20pts possible ______
Neat Prsentation (printing, computer printed, stenciling, straight lines)
Accuracy - 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 _______ / 100
Grade = ______
A few Internet Resources:
Sheppard's Science Resources
Sheppard's Useful Links
Email: email@example.com (L. Swain)
Created August 7, 1998
Last Revised March 6, 2000