"ELLIOTT'S" ELEMENTS WEBQUEST

Periodic Table of Elements Project

 

 

INTRODUCTION

TASK

PROCESS

RESOURCES

EVALUATION

CONCLUSION

NOTES TO TEACHERS


INTRODUCTION

     For many years scientists searched for a way to organize the known elements of the universe onto a useful chart or table.  It was not until the mid-1800s that a Russian chemist by the name of Dmitri Mendeleev recognized hidden patterns that could be used to organize the elements. 

     Mendeleev wrote down many of the known properties of each element on small pieces of paper.  By arranging the elements in order of their atomic mass he began to see patterns emerge.  Although today's Periodic Table is different from Mendeleev's, his Periodic Table became the first useful system for the classification of the elements.

 

           Each element on the Periodic Table has its own 
     unique  physical and chemical  properties.  Some of the 
     elements have important uses.  Some were discovered 
     a long time ago and some are man-made. 

          The Periodic Table of Elements is an important 
     resource for scientists.  It provides a wide range of 
     information about the elements.  In this WebQuest you 
     and your partner will learn about one of these elements.  
     You will also learn how that it fits into the arrangement 
     of elements on the Periodic Table.

      

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TASK

    Your task in this WebQuest will be completed in several parts.  In a random drawing you will be assigned one of the elements on the Periodic Table.  Using the Internet and other resources you will research your element.  You and your partner will then create an Element Tile to be a part of a giant Periodic Table of Elements.  You will also create a PowerPoint presentation about your element.  Finally you will give an Oral Report about your element to your classmates.

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PROCESS

PROCEDURES

Part A:  Element Tile

1.   Using the Internet or other resources available in the library thoroughly research your element.  Be sure to find all of the information listed in the Requirements section below.

2.  Create an 11" x 11" inch Element Tile.  Be Creative!  Be sure to check the Requirements section below before you begin.  All of the the required items must be included on your Element Tile.

 

 

    

Jose and Elizabeth working on their Element Tile.

Special Note:  Construction Paper will be provided for your Element Tile.  You may use your own paper or poster board if you prefer.  Art supplies are available in the classroom.  You must print out any computer generated materials at home.

 

Part B:  PowerPoint Presentation

1.  You will be given a short lesson on how to use Microsoft PowerPoint.  Following this lesson you and your partner will begin creating a PowerPoint presentation about your element.  Be sure to check the Requirements section below before you begin.    Use the Presentation Template to plan your PowerPoint presentation.  This will help save time in the computer room. (Scroll down to the bottom of this section to view or print a copy of the Presentation Template.)

 

 

 

Part C:  Oral Report

1.  You and your partner will give a 3 - 5 minute Oral Report about your element.  You will display the Element Tile that you made and use your PowerPoint presentation during your report.  Be sure that all of the items listed in the Requirements section below are included during your report.  Remember!  The most important part of an Oral Report is not how "fancy" you make your PowerPoint presentation. The most important part is YOU!  Be sure to prepare your presentation by rehearsing and practicing.

                       Erin and Kolt working on their PowerPoint presentation.

 

Ellarey and Elizabeth  giving their Oral Report.

 

REQUIREMENTS

Element Tile

     Requirements for your Element Tile are listed on the "Elliott's" Elements Requirement Sheet.  (Scroll down to the bottom of this section to view or print a copy of this sheet.)  Point values for each item are listed on this sheet.  Be sure to follow the instructions carefully and include all items on your Element Tile. 

PowerPoint Presentation and Oral Report

     All of the required items for your Element Tile should be included in your PowerPoint presentation and Oral Report.  Be prepared to thoroughly discuss and elaborate on these items when giving your Oral Report.  All requirements are listed on the "Elliott's" Elements Requirement Sheet.  (Scroll down to the bottom of this section to view or print a copy of this sheet.)

     Your PowerPoint presentation must include at least 6 slides.  Use the Presentation Template to plan and design your presentation.  This will save you time in the computer room when you are creating your PowerPoint presentation.  Be sure to include all of the required items in your PowerPoint presentation and Oral Report.  (Scroll down to the bottom of this section to view or print a copy of the Presentation Template.)

Click to view or print a copy of the Presentation Template

Click to view or print a copy of "Elliott's" Elements Requirement Sheet

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RESOURCES

     You may use the Internet or any of the resources available in the library for your research.  By using a search engine such as Google, Yahoo or DogPile  you will be able to find a large volume of information about your element.  Type in a combination of key words such as the name of your element, periodic table, chemistry, elements etc.  You will be able to locate many good Internet sites with useful information for your project. 

SEARCH ENGINES:

     Click for Google

     Click for Yahoo

     Click for DogPile

   

     Sometimes it is helpful to see examples before you begin a project.  Sample Element Tiles, PowerPoint presentations and an Oral Report presentation has been provided below.
 

ELEMENT TILES

Click on one of the following to see sample Element Tiles:

             Einsteinium       Xenon      Oxygen     Tin     Argon     Nitrogen     Francium     Nickel

POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

Click on one of the links below to see a sample PowerPoint presentation.  (Click your left mouse button to advance the presentation.)

          Evan and Caleb's PowerPoint presentation

          Matt and Brandon's PowerPoint presentation

          Alicia's and Cedie's PowerPoint presentation

          Melanie and Matt's PowerPoint presentation

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EVALUATION

     A special score sheet and grading rubric will be used to determine your grade.   Your Element Tile grade will be based on the "Elliott's" Elements Grade Sheet. (Scroll down to the bottom of this section to view or print a copy of this sheet.)  This part of your project is worth 40 points.   You will also be scored on your PowerPoint Presentation and Oral Report.   The Element Presentation Rubric will be used to determine your grade for these items.  This is also worth 40 points.  You can also see the "Elliott's" Elements Presentation Score Sheet that will be used for your Oral Report / PowerPoint (Scroll down to the bottom of this section to view or print a copy of the rubric or grade sheet.) 

Click to view or print "Elliott's" Elements Grade Sheet

Click to view or print "Elliott's" Elements Presentation Rubric

Click to view or print "Elliott's" Elements Presentation Score Sheet

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CONCLUSION

     You are now ready to begin.  Be sure to check the "ELLIOTT'S" ELEMENTS REQUIREMENT SHEET  as you work.  Be creative!  Work together as a team.  Most of all - have fun while completing this project.

GOOD LUCK!


Check out the Tom Lehrer's "Element Song".  This is a song from an old radio show that includes all of the names of the Chemical Elements.

Click to hear the Element's Song                                                                                                

Click to visit Mr. Elliott's Technology page

 
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Last updated by Paul Elliott on Friday November 13, 2009