We printed out these element worksheets from Half a Hundred Acre Wood. You don’t necessarily need a worksheet like this – you can just write on blank paper. Write the name of each element: the full name and the letter abbreviation. The numbers found on the periodic table tell you: the atomic number and the atomic mass. Atomic number = number of protonsNumber of protons = number of electrons Atomic Mass = protons + neutrons Have your students figure these numbers out on paper before getting to the craft part.
Example: Boron, B, atomic number is 5. So there are 5 protons and 5 electrons. The atomic mass is 11. So there are 6 neutrons (11- 5 = 6).
Now, with a basic understanding of these terms and numbers, here comes the creative part!
You will need
- coffee filters
- markers or colored pencils
- decorations (stickers, jewels, anything fairly small)
- Glue coffee filter to colored paper.
- Color a circle in the middle for the nucleus.
- Label the name of the element – full name and abbreviation.
- Use three different types of decorations to make the protons, neutrons, and electrons. For example, three types of stickers or three different color jewels.
- Add correct number of electrons on the outer, white area of the coffee filter
- Add the correct number of neutrons and protons inside the nucleus.
- Add a hand-drawn picture of something you know about that element. (optional)
- Make a booklet or place in notebook of all the different elements you have learned.
Another option: Follow the directions on the Half a Hundred Acre Wood page on making atomic cookies.
Other activities for learning about elements, atoms and the periodic table:
- Find coloring sheets to go along with different elements. Add them to your notebook.
- Play Periodic Table Battleship
- Print out a blank periodic table and label them. We printed a filled-in version and a blank version. We cut up the filled-in version and used it as a sort of matching game.
- Learn more about the Periodic Table
- We picked up a resource book at the bookstore.
- Get or make flashcards. Check out Half a Hundred Acre Woods for more ideas!
- Disappearing Spoon. I read this book and found it very interesting. It explains a lot about Chemistry and different stories relating to the periodic table. It’s not really something I would read aloud to children, but interesting and informative to any adult or teenager wanting to know more about the periodic table.
Intro to the Periodic Table: Blog Post & Printable Lesson Plan
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