Elements 1

The periodic table can be a little overwhelming to young scientists. Meet your class' worries head on by introducing the table in a game. Individuals test their knowledge of the names and symbols of common elements, then use deductive reasoning to solve puzzle grids.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Challenge pupils to create their own Sudoku-like puzzles using elements not featured in the resource
Classroom Considerations
  • Go through the instructions for the gridlock puzzles to make sure students know where to put their answers
  • The activity is geared toward users with a basic understanding of the elements and their symbols, so very little prior knowledge is needed
Pros
  • The puzzles focus on the main group elements that are most commonly encountered at the middle- and high-school level
  • Users can check their answers and get hints throughout the game
Cons
  • None