As an introduction to this activity, please click on this site and click on broadband to start the video.

The Periodic Table of the chemical elements is a tabular method of displaying the chemical elements. Although earlier precursors exist, its invention is generally credited to Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869. He created it to illustrate recurring trends in the properties of the elements. The table has been refined over the years as new elements have been discovered.

For this activity you are going to determine what these properties could be. Where you sit in class will be used to assign one of the following groups for you to investigate: Group 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A. 5A, 6A, 7A and 8A.
If your assigned class seat is in row 1, you have group 1A elements.
If your assigned class seat is in row 2, you have group 2A elements.
If your assigned class seat is in row 3, you have group 3A elements.
If your assigned class seat is in row 4, you have group 4A elements.
If your assigned class seat is in row 5, you have group 5A elements.

For BONUS work, investigate Groups 7A and 8A.

Use the following sites to find out about your group of elements.
web elements
chemical elements

Once you have researched all your group elements and discovered similar properties that place the elements in that particular group, go to the discussion tab next to the page tab above, and click on it. Enter what group (1A, 2A, etc) followed by the property that places the elements all together. If others with the same group as yours have entered data, review it and comment if you agree with them or not and why or why not. Also, you can enter any interesting information you may have found out during your research. For BONUS work, be sure to enter your research on the discussion tab. Bonus points will be given out for a limited amount of first received responses only.

There will be a quiz on the Periodic Table elements. From your investigations and research, you should be able to determine the amount of protons, neutrons, electrons in any element on the table. You should also be able to quickly find the element's atomic number and mass, as well as knowing the element symbols for common elements (ie gold, silver, carbon, lead, oxygen, etc.).

Review game use this link to practice the names for the element symbols.

Scoring Rubric (in other words, how to get an A!)

Lesson Plan Outline