Here’s a great project to try with your students: build a periodic table out of Lego blocks. We did this a few years ago at Spring Arbor University, working with teachers and students from Hardin Valley Academy i
Having completed a unit on stoichiometry, I was looking to review with my HS students some key topics before Spring Break. I had received from FLINN scientific their "It's Elementary--March Madness" activity:
Changing the Landscape of Chemical Education
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Students will proceed through a pre-lab engagement activity, organize element cards based on similarities & trends, discuss trends with the class and then produce a periodic table that includes the trends discussed within the lab. The teacher will check for student understanding at specific points as groups work together.
Two 60 minute class periods for procedure. You may wish to include more time for discussion. The assessment portion can be done as homework.
Students choose a topic and select items to incorporate into a periodic talbe. Students explore trends related to their own topic and relate to the trends on the actual Periodic Table of Elements.
I provide my students 1 and 1/2 weeks to complete this project. Most students do not need this much time. I provide the extra time for those students who do not have adquate internet/computer access.
Powdered nickel and powdered iodine are mixed together. Adding drops of water to the mixture fails to initiate a reaction.
Powdered iron and powdered iodine are mixed together. Adding drops of water to the mixture initiates a reaction.
Powdered manganese and powdered iodine are mixed together. Adding drops of water to the mixture initiates a reaction.
Powdered aluminum and powdered iodine are mixed together. Adding drops of water to the mixture initiates a reaction.