Lesson: Elements / Periodic Table (Day 6 & 7)

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Lesson Objective

Students will sort elements into categories and compare their findings to the periodic table.

Lesson Plan

See attached document entitled, "Elements Lesson Plan" for detailed lesson.


This is inquiry based lesson indented to cover 2 days (1 hour lesson each) of science sessions.  The lesson is written in ABC, CBV, R format (Activity Before Concept, Concept Before Vocabulary, and Reading). 


Teaching Reflection


    Experiment/Investigation Notes

                In conducting this experiment students will need assistance putting wires or bent paper clips on the 9V battery and holding only the wires in the water.  Even though I demonstrated how to do this before handing out materials, there were still many groups who will need assistance.  The reaction also takes a bit of time before you are able to see evidence of a reaction taking place, so tell your students to be patient.


           Organization Tip:  I divide my class of 26 into 8 groups.  I put together a plastic tub for each group with their experiment materials before-hand to make passing out materials much quicker, they also need to check these materials back in at the end of experiment period before they are allowed to leave for the day.  This helps with acountability of materials as well.



       Reading Day

        There is a lot to accomplish during the second day with the power point: taking notes, placing pictures of elements into categories, and comparing their categories to those of the scientists (periodic table).  If need you want to make more time for discussion cut some of the slides at the beginning of the power point to keep note taking session short.

          For notes, I print out the powerpoint slides and have students fill in any blank spaces or write answers to questions.

Lesson Resources

Elements of the Periodic Table Pics.docx  
Periodic Table of Elements.docx  
Elements Lesson Plan.doc  
Photographic Periodic Table of Elements
Science Starter Elements-Periodic Table Lesson.docx  


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