Develop Models to Explain Phenomena
Non-linguistic Representations: Students acquire and store knowledge through visual imagery, kinetics, and whole body modes.
Non-linguistic Representations: Students acquire and store knowledge through visual imagery, kinetics, and whole body modes.

Multiple Intelligences

Rachel uses realia, a coloring activity, a large annotated periodic table and physical movement to help her students remember elements and identify patterns within the periodic table. These are all highly effective strategies for her predominently ELL class. Two additional activities are added to support learning - a powerpoint presentation and a graphic organizer for student notes. 

About This Strategy
prep time:
Long
Grade Level: Tenth grade
Teaching Challenge: Develop Models to Explain Phenomena
Rachel Meisner
Castle Park Senior High
Chula Vista, CA
Strategy Implementation Questions
Questions to think about when implementing the strategy
  • How would you modify this strategy to grab the interest as well as increase accessibility to content for your students?
  • How could you prepare in advance to address any challenges you might face in implementing this strategy?
  • How can you create multi-sensory learning experiences to match your content and desired learning outcomes?
Lesson Notes

When I introduce the material for this section I present a Periodic Table Powerpoint while students fill in a Notes Graphic Organizer and color in a Periodic Table. The Periodic Table I use is the same one from the California Standards Test.

I start the PowerPoint on Slide 3 with the history of the Periodic Table and have students only fill in a summary at the end of the slide.

I then go through each of the important parts of the Periodic Table including atomic number, atomic mass, symbol, groups, periods, transition metals, lanthanides, actinides, metals, non-metals, metalloids, and groups with special names. 

When I go through properties of metals, non-metals, and metalloids I use various examples.

- When explaining metals I show students examples of malleable substances by holding up a sheet of lead or copper or aluminum foil, and ductile by holding up copper or lead wire.  I also talk to students about how we use metal for pots when cooking and metals for wires in appliances,etc..
- For non-metals I talk abut brittle substances like on the "Got Milk" commercials when they show peoples bone's falling apart if they don't drink milk. I also refer to the insulation in houses or insulation for our clothes and how those are made of non-metals like cotton which is made of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen.
- Finally for metalloids I refer to Silicon Valley (and how its not silicone which is what lots of students think of) and how its called Silicon Valley because of all of the computer technology.

While I explain each of these concepts students fill in notes on their Graphic Organizer notes papers as well as fill in the concepts on their new "Pretty Periodic Table".  On the PowerPoint I have pictures of how I want students to draw on their Periodic Table.  

 

About This Strategy
prep time:
Long
Grade Level: Tenth grade
Teaching Challenge: Develop Models to Explain Phenomena
Rachel Meisner
Castle Park Senior High
Chula Vista, CA
Artifacts
Teacher In Action
Lesson File:PT Aerobics
In this video, Rachel performs periodic table aerobics in front of her students. These moves will also be used by students as they convey information about the table.
Student Work Sample
Lesson File:periodic-table.jpg
The coloring activity for the periodic table allows for interaction with the table and creates a strong visual reminder of student learning. It will be used for homework support, and throughout the unit.
Strategy Implementation Notes
Lesson File:element-metal,non-metal,metalloid-pic.jpg
This picture shows some of the realia used to help students identify patterns in the periodic table, and to remember elements.
Student Work Sample
Lesson File:unit2-lec2-studentp2.jpg
In conjunction with the realia, students use a graphic organizer to note the physical characteristics they identify in the objects. This makes the use of realia more effective, as students are creating a self-to-object connection in order to identify characteristics.
Strategy Implementation Notes
Reflection:Visual Learners
This reflection explains why a variety of multi-sensory approaches are used to support student learning.
Teacher In Action
Lesson File:pt-aerobics.MOV
This is a video of Rachel doing periodic table aerobics to illustrate metals, nonmetals, and metalloids.