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Activity Overview


Have students create a timeline that illustrates how ideas of elements and the periodic table have changed over time. You can use this activity to highlight how science needs scientists to collaboratively work together to share findings to further human understanding. Students can also highlight how scientific discoveries can directly benefit the human race and lead to important inventions.

For an alternative to the timeline layout, have students create a timeline poster to incorporate into a presentation or gallery walk. You can add more than one template to this assignment to give students lots of options and adjust the instructions accordingly.


Suggested Milestones and Important Discoveries

  • Copper in the Middle East in 9,000 BCE
  • Phosphorous by Hennig Brand in 1669
  • Cobalt by Georg Brandt in 1735
  • Nickel by Axel Fredrik Cronstedt in 1751
  • Early List of Elements by Lavoisier in 1789
  • Magnesium by Humphry Davy in 1801
  • Hydrogen by Henry Cavendish in 1766
  • Oxygen by Carl Wilhelm Scheele in 1771
  • Nitrogen by Daniel Rutherford in 1772
  • Chlorine by Carl Wilhelm Scheele in 1774
  • Uranium by Martin Heinrich Klaproth in 1789
  • Palladium by William Hyde Wollaston in 1803
  • Sodium by Humphry Davy in 1807
  • Periodic Table Created by Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869
  • Gallium by Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran in 1875
  • Francium by Maguerite Perey in 1939
  • Berkelium by a group of scientists at University of California, Berkeley in 1949
  • Californium by a group of scientists at University of California, Berkeley in 1950
  • Einsteinium in 1952
  • Tennessine in Dubna, Russia in 2010
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Type of Activity: Timelines



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 a timeline that illustrates how and why ideas of elements and the periodic table have changed over time.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Choose six people or moments in the history of science that you think are the most important in our understanding of Elements and the Periodic Table.
  3. Write a title and the date (just the year is fine) for these six moments using the timeline.
  4. Illustrate the moment with a cell using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Write a couple of sentences to describe the moment and why it is important.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.


Rubric

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



Historical Timeline
Choose 6 major milestones in the development of understanding in this topic and produce a timeline storyboard showing how ideas have changed and why.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Event description
All the cells are clearly described with details of the significance of the milestone.
All the cells are clearly described.
Some cells are described.
Visualization
The storyboard cells clearly illustrate all the 6 chosen historical moments.
The storyboard cells clearly illustrate some of the 6 chosen historical moments.
The storyboard cells does not clearly any of the 6 chosen historical moments.
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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Image Attributions
  • "Ivy Mike" atmospheric nuclear test - November 1952 • The Official CTBTO Photostream • License Attribution (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
  • "Lavoisier" • Biblioteca Rector Machado y Nuñez • License Attribution (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
  • Copper specimen detail • docoverachiever • License Attribution (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
  • D.I. Mendeleyev • sergey245x • License Attribution (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
  • Matches • JefferyTurner • License Attribution (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
  • Mendeleev's 1869 Periodic Table • shehal • License Attribution (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)


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