Elements and the periodic table

Unit 2 Overview

Students will learn about elements, atoms, and the Periodic table through the phenomena - How do you know if your water is safe to drink? What kind of substances in water might be hazardous? First, student will learn atoms are made up of subatomic particles, which give rise to predictable properties through a phet simulation. Next, students will try to build their own table looking for patterns in element cards. Students will then look at properties of elements which are divided into metals and nonmetals. Student will then look at electron configuration through a POGIl activity. Students will also complete a flame test activity. Finally, students when end the unit with a engineering project examining water quality to determine if it is safe to drink.

For an overview of the learning targets, essential questions, and other information, please see this document.


Day by Day

Day 1 - How do you know your water is safe to drink/Build an Atom

Day 2 - Create a table

Day 3 - Graphing Periodic Trends

Day 4 - Metal, Nonmetals, Metalloid Lab

Day 5 - Electron Configuration POGIL

Day 6 - Flame Test Inquiry

Day 7 - Periodic Trend Theater

Day 8 - Assessment (click here to request access to this folder. Please note you will need to verify that you are teacher who completed the summer course)

Day 9 - Water quality testing - engineering project