Periodic Table of Elements

Periodic Table of Elements

Author: Sara Ibarra

Science Standards: 3.1. i. Students know people once thought that earth, wind, fire, and water were the basic elements that made up all matter. Science experiments show that there are more than 100 different types of atoms, which are presented on the periodic table of the elements.

Common Core Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WS. 3. 2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
CCSS.ELA- Literacy.IT.3:  5. Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

This Sophia is for third graders. They will use the information from this Sophia to gather information on a specific element to create their own element square that will be used to create a class-size periodic table of elements. They will need to watch the video and read/explore the website to find the information needed for both the research question and the quiz.

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Research Question!

Students! You are going to become experts on one element of the periodic table since there are over a hundred elements in our world.  You should've been assigned your own element. You are going to make your own element square in class using the information from the video and the website here to do research on your element. Go to the website and click on the ELEMENT LIST link on the right side of the page. This will give you a list of elements, including your element. It also includes very important and interesting information about your element. READ CAREFULLY!!! Write all your findings in your science journal to use for the element square after you are finished with your research. You will need to find out information that is unique to your element:

  • Element's name
  • Element's symbol
  • atomic number
  • atomic weight
  • how many protons, electrons, and neutrons the element has (this you will need to do on your own away from this website)
  • some common uses of the element
  • determine if it is a solid, liquid or a gas
  • who discovered it
  • any other interesting information that you can find

Chem4Kids website


This website goes over the different characteristics of a periodic table of elements. It also has lots of information on individual elements of the periodic table that can be used to answer the research question. The individual information can be found in the ELEMENTS LIST page on this website, which can found to the right of the page. Students- click on their individually assigned element listed on the website and use this information for another assignment. The website also can be used to answer some of the questions from the quiz.

How to read an Element in the Periodic Table of Elements

This video gives a detailed description on how to read a element square for individual elements on the periodic table of elements. It goes over the three key features of the periodic table and how to figure out how many protons, neutrons, and electrons an element has in an easy to understand way.