Elements in Space: Introduction to the Periodic Table
In order to introduce students to the Periodic Table, these are two alternative activities that can be used as part of a choice board, differentiated instruction or completely independently.
Students are introduced to an “alien” periodic table – the names of the elements are different, but the properties (of course) are all the same. In both activities, students construct the periodic table from the clues.
In the first activity, students read a narrative that establishes the background for discovering these elements; in the second activity, the same information is presented but in a shorter, more factual manner.
This was originally developed as part of an action research project about storytelling in the science classroom. Data from this project suggests that students learn the material better when contextualized as a narrative.