The Periodic Table of Elements

The Periodic Table of Elements

Author: Kimi K

In this lesson, students will learn the history of the Periodic Table  and how its arrangement reveals the underlying structure of atoms.

Standards: 3.f Students know how to use the periodic table to identify elements in compounds.

NET Standards:

1. Creativity and Innovation

2. Communication and Collaboration

As a class we will read aloud and discuss the essay, History of the Periodic Table. In groups of 5 students will create a poster about one of the 12 scientists in the essay. Each group will be assigned one computer to gather information about their scientist and how they contributed to the current periodic table. Group members will take turns designing the poster and researching information. Upon completion each group will present their scientist and poster to the class.

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Student Instructions

As a class, read the essay linked below, History of the Periodic Table:


In your assigned group, choose one of the scientists talked about in the essay.  You are going to create a poster that describes your scientist and his contributions to the modern Periodic Table of Elements.

Posters should include at a minimum 3 pictures and 5 facts about the scientist and his/her contribution.

Your group will be assigned a computer. One member at a time from your group will research facts on your scientist, while the other group members illustrate and record the information.

Once complete each group will present information to the class.



Source: Western Oregon University

Reference: Periodic Table of Elements

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Source: University of Nottingham

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