Reflection: ELL Students Periodic Table Basics - Section 3: Explain

 

Many of my students, whether ELL (English Language Learners) or students with disabilities, have a difficult time with pattern recognition. 

I have found that although the Periodic Table characteristics seem easy to remember and recognize that many of my students struggle with remembering the various components.

For the visual learners I have found it helpful to have students color in a "Pretty Periodic Table".  Through coloring the various components including groups, periods, metals, non-metals, and metalloids students tend to gain a better handle of the components.

Additionally for kinesthetic learners I have students perform periodic table aerobics.  These "aerobics" get more complicated when we delve into bonding, but for now they simply move their arms to show metals, non-metals, and metalloids.  I wasn't able to catch my students doing this on video, but in this video I demonstrate how I have my students do this activity.

  ELL Students: Visual Learners
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Periodic Table Basics

Unit 2: Unit 2: Matter, Atoms, and the Periodic Table
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to identify the major parts of the periodic table and explain the properties of metals, non-metals, and metalloids through taking notes, watching a video, coloring periodic tables, and performing an activity.

Big Idea: The periodic table is an important tool for understanding the chemical and physical properties of elements.

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