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The Periodic Table and the Universe

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 60 minutes.

Group Size:


Students will apply the atomic number of elements on the periodic table to the origin of heavy elements in the star cycle.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Earth Science
Standard 1 Objective 1

Describe both the big bang theory of universe formation and the nebular theory of solar system formation and evidence supporting them.



Instructional Procedures:

  1. Describe the importance of the atomic number found above each element on the periodic table. Differentiate between elements formed in the big bang (H, He, Li), those formed through nuclear fusion (Be-Fe) and those formed in supernova (the remainder).
  2. Remind students of the structure of the atom and the importance of the number of protons.
  3. If you have not already discussed star cycle and fusion, this will be necessary before students begin the worksheet.

Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

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Created Date :
Oct 31 2014 12:15 PM