Day 20: Periodic Table

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In science 9 I asked the class to create a periodic table based on several fake elements. The idea was that students would get a hands on idea of how a table can be designed in a way that makes its information easily categorized. However, I don’t think I gave the classes enough scaffolding.

Almost every group started with a naive design solely based on atomic mass. With feedback I got most groups to develop a better, more intricate, design. A few groups were able to produce three levels of categories. Unfortunately some groups only managed to incorporate an artistic look to go with their sorting by atomic mass. I think this activity would be better as an assessment piece after studying Mendeleev’s periodic table.

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