Reflection: Trust and Respect Element Symbol Quiz - Section 3: Quiz


OK - here's where I deviate from the spirit of the test. I normally don't encourage memorizing anything. With the proliferation of smartphones and instant access, students can look up information they need. The trick is teaching your students how to look up information. NGSS is about creating critical thinkers and using science as the guide. I struggle with this quiz because it is the opposite of what NGSS is about. However, in order to work chemical formulas, students need a basic body of memorized knowledge to know the element's names and symbols.

I know that many of my students don't know or don't care to memorize these symbols. I tell them from the beginning that I purposely choose 28 of the easiest elements to memorize. On the day of the quiz, I move around the room and quietly point out the answers. I do this for EVERYONE. There's nothing better than the bond that forms between a teacher and student when they know you care. I know that the repetitive use, most of my students will come to remember the symbols. I have found that a quiz jumpstarts this process.

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Element Symbol Quiz

Unit 3: Periodic Table
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: Students will be able to memorize 28 elements' names and symbols to assist in understanding chemical formulas.

Big Idea: It is essential that students recognize common element symbols to aid in their understanding of chemical formulas.

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