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Activity Overview


Have your students create an infographic with information about an element. This activity will give your students the opportunity to look in detail at a particular element.

Let each student choose their own element, or alternatively, give every one of your students a different element to research. Students will include the atomic number, mass, any isotopes, the electron arrangement, and uses of their chosen element.

Students can search “atom” to find the smart atom diagram. Electrons are arranged in shells and fill the shells from the closest shell to the nucleus to the furthest away. Different shells can hold different amounts of electrons. The first shell only holds two electrons, the second and third shells hold eight electrons, and the fourth shell holds 18 electrons.

Students should then research some facts about their element and include details about some numerical properties of their element by including the melting point, boiling point, density, and number of isotopes, as well as uses and properties of the element.

This assignment is completely customizable. You can find additional infographic templates to add to the assignment if desired.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group



Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

Create an infographic that demonstrates your knowledge of a particular element.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Name of Element
    Include the name (and also symbol if desired) of your element. Remember if an element has 2 letters for its symbol, the first letter will be a capital and the second will be lowercase. Then research the information to include in a fact box below. You should include
    • The atomic number
    • The atomic mass
    • The number of protons
    • The number of neutrons
    • The number of electrons
  3. Electron Arrangement
    Using the atom diagram, arrange the electrons on the shells provided. Remember the first shell can hold 2 electrons, the second and third can hold 8 and the fourth shell can hold 18.
  4. Facts
    Find some interesting facts about the element. These could be about who discovered it, whether it is toxic to humans, its abundance in the universe or anything else you find interesting.
  5. Data
    Include information about the element’s:
    • Melting point
    • Boiling point
    • Density
    • Number of isotopes
  6. Properties
    List three different properties about the element
  7. Uses
    Include some uses of your element. Create visualization of the different uses using Storyboard That images or images from Photos for Class.
  8. Save and submit your infographic


Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Element Research
Choose an element and research it. Complete the storyboard using the information you have found out.
Proficient
14 Points
Emerging
7 Points
Beginning
0 Points
Name of Element and Information
You have included the following:
  • Name and symbol of element
  • Atomic Number
  • Atomic Mass (with details for any common isotopes)
  • Number of Protons
  • Number of Neutrons
  • Number of Electrons
    and these are all correct.
  • You have included most of the following:
  • Name and symbol of element
  • Atomic Number
  • Atomic Mass (with details for any common isotopes)
  • Number of Protons
  • Number of Neutrons
  • Number of Electrons
    and most of these are correct.
  • You have included some of the following:
  • Name and symbol of element
  • Atomic Number
  • Atomic Mass (with details for any common isotopes)
  • Number of Protons
  • Number of Neutrons
  • Number of Electrons
    and some of these are correct.
  • Electron Arrangement
    The electron arrangement diagram is correct, with the correct number of electrons in the correct places.
    The electron arrangement shows the correct number of electrons, but they are not in the correct locations.
    The electron arrangement shows the wrong number of electrons in the wrong places.
    Facts
    There are at least five interesting and well written facts.
    There are at least three facts.
    There is at least one fact.
    Data
    All the data boxes are correctly completed.
    Most of the data boxes are correctly completed.
    Some the data boxes are correctly completed.
    Properties
    There are three correct properties.
    There are two correct properties.
    There is at least one correct property.
    Uses
    There are a range of uses with visualizations
    There are some uses.
    There is a use listed.
    Evidence of Effort
    Work is well written and carefully thought out.
    Work shows some evidence of effort.
    Work shows little evidence of any effort.




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