5 class periods of 45 minutes each
Students will discover the complexity and correlations of the periodic table by creating their own periodic table in the form of a seating chart, using information about classmates
Provide each group with:
90 min (2 class periods) 70 Min (2.5 class periods)
Teaching and Learning Strategies:
This is an inquiry project so do not tell students how to do their chart. Instead ask leading questions that will let them find the answers. This project generates some frustration -- be prepared to let them struggle.
This is also designed to be a cooperative learning activity. Make sure the recorder reports the results of the round-robin reflection process. The assessment of this activity is to have each group re-arrange the students in the room and to explain how, why and what they used to arrange the students.
Invitation to Learn:
Tell students they need to re-arrange the seating chart into the most information rich manner possible.
Students should have a basic understanding of an atom, an element, and what makes elements unique. Students should also be able to work in cooperative learning groups.
Summary of Learning:
Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.