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ABPI Schools: Interactive Periodic Table

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.abpischools.org.uk/page/index.cfm

Website Example: http://www.abpischools.org.uk/page/modules/interactiveperiodictable/index.cfm?coSiteNavigation_allTopic=1

Tech Product Equipment

Computer(s), Internet access, projector, speakers

Activity Description

This activity is in the form of a game, which is a fun way to help students understand patterns and trends within the Periodic Table. It can help increase students’ knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of each element. The challenge presented by the Interactive Periodic Table is to deduce the correct position of elements based on their specific properties. There are three levels of play and three different modes of play.

Preparation

  1. Make sure that the site is not blocked at your school and that the game can be viewed.
  2. Review the game and identify the mode and level that would that would be appropriate for your students.
  3. Students should have knowledge about the properties of elements.

How-To

  1. Teach a unit on the Periodic Table stressing the different groups of elements and their properties.
  2. Use the game as a guided exercise. As an element comes up, ask students about its properties and what group and period it would be found in.
  3. As the class becomes familiar with the game and the reasoning behind selecting the position for an element, let the students practice on their own in a computer lab, at home, or in groups in the classroom.

Teacher Tips

It is important that students do not just randomly select a position but that they know the thought process that takes place in order to determine an element's position on the Periodic Table.

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.