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Pathfinder

Page history last edited by Laura Stemler 13 years, 1 month ago

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A Pathfinder for 8th Grade Science

 

 

Objective:

After studying general chemical and physical properties of elements on the periodic table, students will use a variety of resources to research the properties and other information of an assigned element in order to create a cube illustrating this information.

 

Task:

Students will research a preassigned element using the resources listed in this Pathfinder, take notes on the element in their own words, document at least three sources used, and present their research on the sides of a 10cm x 10cm x 10cm cube. 

 


  

Guidelines for the Element Project

 

 

 

The cube should contain the following information:

 

 

Title Page – Element:  Name          Symbol            Group/Family         Period   

  

Physical Properties

Atomic number 

Atomic weight 

Color

Density                   

Phase at room temperature      

Melting and boiling point

State of matter

Malleable/non-malleable

 Metal/non-metal/metalloid

Other qualities

 

  

 

Chemical Properties

Reactivity: gain/lose electrons, valence, electron configuration, diatomic, etc.

 

Dangers  

Hazards

Toxicity 

Saftey precautions

 

Uses                                     

As an element 

In compounds

Industry and Research

 

Discovery    

 

When

By whom

Derivation of name

 

Current Information

 

Where it's found

In what form

Cost as an element

 

Research

You are also required to turn in your notes.  All work is to be in your own words.  Use a graphic organizer to complete your research if needed.  Highlighting the topics listed above and taking notes beneath each is one way to keep your notes organized.  You will have two days of research in the school library.  Your element cube is to be assembled at home.   

  

Bibliography

You are required to use at least 3 resources.  Follow the guidelines listed on the attached page to present your bibliography.  Use the rubric

to record your information.

 


 

Resources

 

 

The following links will provide you with 

resources for gathering information on your element: 

 

 Books 

Internet Sites

Videos

 (For Teachers)

MD VSC & Other Standards 

 

Dewey Numbers

There are a number of books on single elements in the Hereford Middle School Library, they can be found in section:

 546 & REF 546

 

Keywords & Phrases

Here are some key words to help you in your research: [name of your element], element, periodic table, density, melting point, boiling point, phase, dangers, uses, created, discovered, cost 

 

 

 


Updated December 2009

All images on this page were provided by Microsoft except the title image "Mrs. Stemler's Element Project" which was created by myself

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