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Heavy Elements

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 60 minutes.

Group Size:
Small Groups


 

Summary:
Students will play the “Heavy Element” game to learn about star cycle and the formation of heavy elements in the universe.

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.

Materials:

  • game pieces (students can provide)
  • game board
  • dice
  • element cards (all are attached)

Attachments

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students should know that atoms have a nucleus and that when two atomic nuclei are fused together tremendous amounts of energy are released and different elements are formed through this process. They should also be familiar with the star cycle and the expansion and contraction of stars due to gravity and nuclear fusion of atoms.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Prepare the game board by making copies (color is best) and taping them together. Laminating them and gluing to cardboard will make a permanent game. Students can help by cutting out the atom cards.
  2. Read the directions to the game from the student sheet with the students. The directions probably will not cover every contingency so plan on being the arbitrator and establishing further rules. The numbers on the dice determine how many spaces the students move each turn.
  3. Handout the game boards, dice and element cards.
  4. Allow time to play and for students to finish the questions on the analysis sheet.
  5. Have a small prize if you’d like for the winners at each table.

Bibliography:
Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Author:
Utah LessonPlans

Created Date :
Oct 31 2014 12:23 PM

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