Periodic Table Unit

Scott Wilson

Three Rivers Middle School

Cleves, Ohio

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Name: __________________________________________

UNIT TOPIC: Periodic Table

Approximate number of SCHOOL (Mon-Fri) days on this unit: 20 (4 weeks)

OBJECTIVES: Describe the historical development of the modern periodic table, interpret the element key of any element, explain the organization of a modern periodic table, identify properties of the representative elements, state some uses for the representative elements, identify properties of the transition elements, distinguish lanthanides from actinides

Last day of unit: _____________________


A: 220-203 C-layers/ 1 B-layer/ 1 A-layer

B: 202-188 C-layers/1 B-layer

C: 187-168 C-layers

D: 167-153

C Layer assignments (maximum 187 pts/ not including any extra credit you may receive

1. National Standards Test (we will do this twice/ once at the beginning of the unit and once at the end of the unit) 5 pts for both tests

***2. Participate in the "What do I know/what have we learned about The Periodic Table discussion?" (The points you receive are based on what you record into your "notes" section of your notebook about what you already know, as well as what you record into your notebook from the overhead/chalkboard) 10 pts

(#2 will be done at the beginning and at the end of the unit)


3. Listen to the lecture on the Periodic Table. Take notes and show to Mr. Wilson 5 pts


4. Complete all of chapter 3 readings. Answer any 6 section review questions. 20 pts


5. Make vocabulary flashcards of the words on pages 64 and 72. Learn them. Oral defense 15 points


6. Complete the worksheet packet. Oral defense 25 pts

***7. Science thinker packet. Oral Defense 20 pts


8. Watch the "Brainpop" video on The Periodic Table. List 5 things you learned from the video 10 pts

9. Watch the Periodic Table video. Answer questions accompanying video. This will be done in class during 1 class period Oral Defense 10 pts

10. Design a power point presentation on the periodic table. Minimum of 15 slides required with sound and pictures 20 pts

11. Go to the following website:, click on one element in each of the first 7 rows. Draw a picture of what you see. Additionally, answer the following questions for each element: oral defense 20 pts

1. How available is this element?

2. Aside from the use listed on your "Periodic Picture Table," what is another use for this element?

Hands-on activities

12. Design your own periodic table from a blank periodic table. Must be colored and properly labeled with atomic number, atomic name, and symbol. 20 pts

13. Design a "CANDY PERIODIC TABLE" out of real candy. Your table must include the first four rows of elements.

Poster-board may be the best way to approach this (you can put this together in class so you do not have to hot

Glue your candy to your table (yes, you may eat your table when you successfully orally defend it!). oral defense 25 pts


4. Magnesium ribbon flame demonstration. Record what you see and what teacher explains into your notebook. Oral defense on explanation/what you saw. 10 pts

15. Ammonia/Cloth demonstration. Record what you see and what teacher explains into your notebook. Oral defense on explanation/what you saw 10 pts

16. Flame Test Demonstration. Record the chart on the board, the results, and what teacher explains into your notebook. Oral defense on explanation/what you saw 10 pts

Labs (On lab days Mr. Wilson will be doing LITTLE to NO grading! Please plan accordingly)

17. "Preparing an alloy" lab (turning a penny into "gold") You will need to sign up on the CHEMICAL LAB sign up sheet. (either Thurs. or Fri. of each week) (1st come 1st serve) Up to 4 may do this lab in a group. Bring your own penny! (only 2 grps per Thurs/Fri may do this)à get the lab sheet from the lab table 15 pts

**Lab write-up is due with this lab (must be typed and follow Mr. W's format).

Only 1 lab report needed per group

18. Presence of Chlorine lab (this may be done on only Thursday or Friday (chemical lab days)

You will need to sign up on the CHEMICAL LAB sign up sheet. Up to 3 may do this lab in a group. (1st come, 1st serve) (only 2 grps per Thurs/Fri may do this)à get the lab sheet from the lab table 15 pts

**Lab write-up is due with this lab (must be typed and follow Mr. W's format).

Only 1 lab report needed per group

19. " Relationships among elements lab" (get the lab sheet from the folder table) 15 pts


20. "Designing a Periodic Table" (Bells 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 will do this as a class) on page 65. Oral defense 10 pts

Skits and songs

21. Design and sing a song about the periodic table 20 pts

22. Design and perform skit about the periodic table. Skit must be typed up in "play-like" format 10 pts (2 pts)


23. Design a picture with either photos or drawings that illustrate the importance of carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen in your lives (must have 2 drawings / photos for each of these elements) 15 pts

24. Cut pictures of people of all ages, genres, and races out of the newspaper and magazines. Put on a poster board so your pictures are arranged by some particular trait (hair color, gender, clothes, eyes, etc) and attach to it a piece of paper stating how you arranged the pictures and how this compares to the arrangement of the periodic table! 15 pts

25. Draw the periodic table. On it, identify the areas of the table occupied by the representative elements identify the areas of the table occupied by the representative elements, the transition elements, and the inner transition elements. Label the 18 elements and seven periods. 15 pts

26. Design a picture (on computer paper) that "teaches" how the periodic table is structured (must be done in color) 20 pts


27. Chapter 3 minilab "Designing a Periodic Table" (you will need the lab sheet from the lab table) oral defense 10 pts


28. Periodic table atomic symbol test. To get full credit, you must correctly label any 50 atomic symbols without using your book, notes, etc. 20 pts

29. Design a test over chapter 3. Test must include 5 matching, 4 true/false, and 3 fill in the blank. Submit a copy of your test and the answer sheet to Mr. Wilson) 15 pts

30. Take the test over chapter 3. You must score 90% or better. Only 1 chance per class period. 20 pts


31. Choose any 1 element from period 3 or higher. Find out what its melting/freezing point, different uses for the element 5 pts

32. Research the Frasch Mining method and write a description of the process that includes a diagram (one which you draw!)

33. Research the development of nylon, particularly the raw materials from which it is made (petroleum and coal) and its uses. Present your findings in a written or oral report. 10 pts

34. Research smelling salts (chemical composition) and how they are used to help humans

35. Platinum is considered a "precious metal." Find out more about the properties and uses of platinum and summarize them in a written paragraph. 10 pts

36. Using the following website:, research how particle accelerators / atom smashers" work.

37. Using the following website:, research how the model of the atom changed (discuss the "new standard model" in your answer). Also, what new "particles" of matter have been discovered?


38. Explain how the periodic table is structured (by periods/rows) to Mr. Wilson. oral defense 10 pts

39. On notebook paper, identify 10 elements from chapter 3 and 1 use for each of them. Oral defense 5 pts

40. Write a paragraph explaining why it's important for racing bikes to be made of a metal that is both strong and lightweight.. oral defense 10 pts

41. On figure 3-7, why is there no photo of Francium, which falls under the same group (alkali) as potassium and sodium. Oral defense 10 pts

42. Compare and contrast Beryllium with fluorine and beryllium with magnesium. Along with this, write a conclusion about whether more similarities exist between elements in the same period or in the same group Oral defense 10 pts

43. Any assignment Mr. Wilson/Miss Hoying come up with during this unit

43A _________ 43B ___________ 43C ___________ 43D _____________

B layer assignment (Choose 1 only)

44. Write a letter to a toothpaste manufacturer asking for a copy of the results of studies that can support the use of fluoride as a decay-fighting additive in toothpaste. Share your letters (and the responses) with the class. (2 pts extra credit if the company responds!) 18 pts

45. Research the affects of having salt in your diet (what you eat). Is it healthy or unhealthy? Why? 18 pts

46. What are the specific uses of sodium and chlorine (separately) in your body? 18 pts

47. Research (solar) photovoltaic) cells and how they work. What would be the disadvantage of using only solar energy? 18 pts

48. What properties of aluminum make it a good metal for a soft-drink can? 18 pts

A Layer (Choose 1 only)

(For a chance at full credit on "A" layer assignmentsà You MUST submit the following )

1. Answer to the question (if a question is asked)

2. video presentation (2-5 minutes minimum)

2. 3 articles you research (actual articles need to be submitted/ NOT the websites)

3. A summary for each article

*each summary needs 2 paragraphs

paragraph #1: 8-10 sentences summarizing the article

paragraph #2: 6-10 sentences stating your opinion of the article (did you like/dislike it/agree/disagree with it? critically evaluate the topic in this paragraph

49.Do heavy metals and other chemicals pose a threat to health of humans. Can health problems be caused by exposure to heavy metals such as lead, or a radioactive chemical element, such as radon. Is the incidence of these problems higher in one area that another? Form a hypothesis as to the potential health risk in your area and do the proper research to prove your hypothesis right/wrong. (Pages 90-91 will be very helpful to you on this!)

50. Scientists trying to find a pattern among the elements had to cope with a few problems. To start with, some of the so-called elements were really compounds (pure substance containing two or more elements). The data that they were using was often incomplete and inaccurate. To add to their difficulties they had not realized that not all the elements had been discovered.

Your Task: Research the lives (at least 3) of some scientists who played an important role in the development of the periodic table.. Analyze your information and decide which scientist played the most important role in the development of the periodic table

Some suggested scientists to choose from: Dimitri Mendeleev, Lothar/Victor Meyer, John Newlands, Glenn Seaborg, Dobereiner, Henri Mosley, John Dalton

PARENT SIGNATURE: __________________________________________________ (5 pts towards "C" layer)