Make a Periodic Table

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Have you ever wondered how scientists know the properties of an element before it is discovered? Here is a quick hands-on activity that demonstrates the procedure for organizing the chemical elements in the periodic table. Scholars sort, organize, and look for patterns in order to determine which imaginary element is missing.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have a set of colored pencils for pupils to color the unknown element the correct color
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson is best as a group activity, but could be done individually as well
  • Complete the activity before introducing the periodic table and periodic trends
Pros

  • Requires no special materials or technology, making it easy to implement in a variety of settings
  • Allows scholars to make the discovery of trends across rows and periods
Cons

  • None