Tried and True: Our class periodic table by: Sarah Young

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To facilitate discussions centered on the topic of chemistry, students can create a classroom periodic table. In order to accomplish this task, they research elements in the periodic table using various media (textbooks, Internet), and then create a neat, colorful, and creative poster. The final product—The Class Periodic Table—is prominently displayed in the classroom and utilized throughout the school year.

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  • on Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:58 AM

This is an interesting article that shows how a teacher with budget constraints assigned students in a small class to the construction of specific sized paper presentation of elements with the goal to create a student generated large displayable periodic table of elements. The teacher provides the assignment given to the students in the article as well as a rubric for grading each of the elements. This is an interesting and useful mini assignment that gives students ownership and knowledge of aspects of the periodic table and the elements they are investigating. The author provides an image of the final compiled table and of an element a student completed. Great idea!

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:23 PM

I am going to implement this lesson within my curriculum next week. I am curious as to how the students will respond. My Pre-AP students are using the guidelines of the periodic table but are using their own items.

Martha Bayes
Martha Bayes

  • on Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:18 PM

I struggle with assignments that ask students to research and report on an element. I wonder to what extend they process information rather than just copy what they see on the web. By adding a creative component, I think that probability of processing increases. I also like that this "home-made" table remains displayed and used. For those planning to implement this project a well thought out rubric is included


  • on Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:49 PM

This periodic table task provides a good introduction to the chemical elements and can help students engage with further exploration of these elements. I feel like this task could be expanded by requiring some student inquiry, like a recommendation as to whether that element should be used more or preserved. Care must be taken to make sure that groups also get to learn about each other's elements. If I implement this task, I will not be using the marking scheme as, although it assesses some research and presentation skills, doesn't fully assess scientific understanding or reflection, as required by the International Baccalaureate curriculum at my school.

Mitchell McLean  (Florey, ACT)
Mitchell McLean (Florey, ACT)

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