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  • State key events in the historical development of the periodic table. List the information in the periodic table and describe how it is organized.
  • Describe uses of the periodic table. Define valence electrons and tell how they are related to the periodic table
  • Describe chemical and physical properties of metals.
  • Identify and describe different groups of metals and describe how the reactivity of metals changes across the periodic table.
  • Locate nonmetals and metalloids in the periodic table.
  • Compare the physical and chemical properties of nonmetals with those of metals and describe the properties of metalloids.
  • Explain how carbon can form bonds in many different arrangements.
  • List different forms of pure carbon
  • Identify the properties many organic compounds have in common.
  • Define hydrocarbons and describe the kinds of carbon chains in them.
  • Define and name examples of substituted hydrocarbons.




Power Point Presentations:  Click on Periodic Table






Main Ideas:

Organizing the Elements:

  • Looking for Patterns in Elements
  • Mendeleev
  • The First Periodic Table
  • Inside the Atom
  • Reading the Periodic Table (periods, groups)
  • Valence Electrons


  • Properties
  • Alloys
  • Alkali Metals
  • Alkaline Earth Metals
  • Transition Metals
  • Lanthanides and Actinides

Nonmetals and Metalloids

  • Properties
  • Compounds of Nonmetals
  • Families of Nonmetals

Elements from Stardust

  • Atomic Nuclei Collide
  • Elements from the Sun
  • Elements from Large Stars



Labs and Demonstrations:

Sodium and Potassium react with Water




Adopt-An-Element Project:

Students will adopt an element to research.  They will complete a fact sheet, a poster, and write a jingle.  They will be responsible for presenting the information orally to the class.






Interactive Periodic Tables:




Fun Site: