Activity Overview

When introducing students to a new unit, it's key for them to practice using new vocabulary properly in context. Students will find that using visual aids helps them understand abstract concepts, and provides something tangible to remind them what the term means.

Before diving into your unit on the periodic table, have students create visual vocabulary boards! Below is a list of suggested words for students to start with, but you can provide them with additional words depending on their level.

Periodic Table Vocabulary:

  • Bond
  • Proton
  • Periodic Table
  • Period
  • Neutron
  • Electron
  • Nucleus
  • Group
  • Property
  • Metal
  • Nonmetal
  • Element
  • Alkali Metal
  • Noble Gas
  • Compound
  • Halogen
  • Semimetal

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

Define and illustrate key vocabulary for the periodic table using a visual vocabulary board.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Choose five vocabulary words and type them in the title boxes.
  3. Find the definition in a print or online dictionary and write it under the cell.
  4. Illustrate the meaning of the word in the cell using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
    • Alternatively, use Photos for Class to give examples of the words.
  5. Save often!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Type of Activity: Visual Vocabulary Boards


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

Science Vocabulary Assignment
Define, illustrate, or give examples of scientific key words.
33 Points
16 Points
0 Points
The vocabulary word is correctly defined.
The meaning of the vocabulary words can be understood but it is awkward.
The vocabulary word is not clearly defined.
The storyboard cell clearly illustrates the meaning of the vocabulary word.
The storyboard cell has clear examples of the key word.
The storyboard cell relates to the meaning of the vocabulary word, but is difficult to understand.
The storyboard cell has some unclear examples of the key word.
The storyboard cell does not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary word.
The storyboard cell does not have clear examples of the key word.
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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