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Kathryn Elliott
from Yucaipa High
in Yucaipa, CA

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PowerPoint Periodic Table Trends Project
Behavioral trends of the elements vary with atomic number and structure, as reflected by the placement of the element on the periodic table. This lesson has the students creating a brief PowerPoint presentation which demonstrates their understanding of periodicity. Periodic trends will be investigated through a series of web related resources, supplemented by individual teachers as needed.
Grade Level: 9,10,11

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Class Time Required:
6-8 hours (Estimated)

This lesson addresses two of the California State Science Content Standards. They are Chemistry Standard 1, (b) and (c):

b. Students know how to use the periodic table to identify metals, semimetals, non-metals, and halogens.

c. Students know how to use the periodic table to identify alkali metals, alkaline earth metals and transition metals, trends in ionization energy, electronegativity, and the relative sizes of ions and atoms.

This lesson also satisfies the Investigation/Experimentation standard 1(a):

a. Students will select and use appropriate tools and technology to perform tests, collect data, analyze relationships, and display data.

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Learning and Teaching Activities:
First, students will produce a five slide PowerPoint multimedia presentation demonstrating their understanding of both the structure of the periodic table and the behavioral changes of the elements observed on the table.

Second, students will complete an online quiz/drill to reinforce these concepts.

At the discretion of the individual teacher, students may also be evaluated using a teacher generated test, or some alternate instrument.

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Outcomes and Assessment:
Based upon the standards addressed above, students will be able to:

A. Construct a PowerPoint presentation comprised of at least 5 slides.

B. Understand the behavior of the periodic properties ionization energy, electronegativity, atomic and ionic radii.

C. Identify metals, metalloids, and non-metals

D. Classify metals into one of the families of alkali metals, alkaline metals, and transition metals.

Student outcomes will be assessed by:

-PowerPoint project, evaluated with attached rubric. Proficiency will be determined by a score of 4 or better on the rubric.

-Online quiz, evaluated online. Proficiency will be indicated by a score of 7 or better out of a possible 10 points

-Unit exam, teacher designed, taken in class, corrected by teacher. Proficiency will be indicated by a score of 70% or better.

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Materials Needed:
Computer Lab equipped with internet browser software, internet access and PowerPoint.

LCD projector for student presentations, or a display TV connected to computer.

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Resource 1
  • Resource: PowerPoint
  • URL/Publisher: Microsoft
  • How Used: Student presentations
Resource 2
  • Resource: Netscape Navigator
  • URL/Publisher: Netscape
  • How Used: web browser
Resource 3 Resource 4 Resource 5 Resource 6

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