Lesson Plan

What do Elements Have to do with Real Life?

In this App Flow students will earn abou the elements of teh Periodic Table. They will understand that the elements are part of their everyday experience and could be a big part of their future. They will gain a real understanding far beyond the symbols.
Michael G.
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Homestead High School (Fort Wayne, IN)
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will understand the usage of common elements found on the Periodic, Students will become familiar with the Periodic Table, Students will see that the Elements are the building blocks everything around them

English Language Arts
Grades 5 – 8
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1 Hook

Activity: Other — You Tube Video On The Elements

It will be used as an advanced organizer allowing for the past enjoyment of music to integrate with the elements which will be the focus of study that are found in the Periodic Table. It will be an engaging experience that will allow students to begin their study of the elements. You Tube Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Investigating

Students will explore : http://chemistry.about.com/library/blperiodictable.htm with teacher guidance. As they explore how to use and what they can learn from the interphase they will share some finding with others using a Pair and Share Technique.
Teacher can use a site such as Answer Garden to have students explore one element and answer some questions in Answer Garden. A Wordle could be made of the final outcome using Answer Gardens's export to Wordle feature.

3 Guided Practice

Students will use the following link to explore the periodic table.
Site Used for research is:
Using the Read-Write-Think "Trading Cards" they will fill out the following information to record information. The Element, Atomic Number, Description, Uses
They will then use the Trading Card program to create and print Trading Cards.
Trading Card Link - http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/trading_cards_2/

Elements Assigned by level of students. Each student gets five elements. About 20 elements in a class. Students are then put into groups of 4 and they share their trading cards as they learn about the elements.

4 Independent Practice

Free, Paid

Teacher will use Socrative to provide a formative learning experience using information found on trading cards. The teacher will create a game with the quiz in Socrative asking student groups to answer items that maybe on their trading cards. Students can work in their group to answer questions.

5 Wrap-Up

Students will work in groups to create 4 Glogs of 4 elements assigned to them. Groups will get different elements. They can use their their trading cards and can also find pictures, videos, and other interesting facts for their Glog. These items can be found on the web and/or created. They must be ready to share as a presentation to the class. (5-10 minutes) Work load can be divided as students see fit. They can be as creative as they wish. The Glogs should ultimately answer the question: What do Elements Have to do with Real Life?