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How To Make A Periodic Table Game

How To Make A Periodic Table Game

Donald Sinclaire provides ideas for chemistry games, such as bingo, which challenge students to practice learning the periodic table. The games challenge students to understand which substances are elements, and which symbols and atomic numbers correspond to the various elements.

Hi, I'm Donald Sinclaire. I'm a science teacher with Greater London Tutors, and today we're going to be looking at a few topics in chemistry. A simple game that can be played using the periodic table, simply to identify which substances are elements and which ones aren't.

A lot of very common substances that everyone will have heard of are not in fact elements. This reinforces the fact that if something is in the periodic table, it is an element. If it's not, then it's not.

So you give a list of substances, such as gold, brass, water, hydrogen, ammonia, chlorine, and methane, for example. And ask whoever it is to identify them as elements or not elements. So, by looking in the periodic table, they'd find, for example, that brass does not appear.

Therefore, it is not an element. Another game is to use the periodic table as a form of bingo. In this game, players each select five or six elements of which they write down the names, while the teacher, or whoever's leading the group, reads out the symbols or the atomic number of random elements.

Whoever completes their set of elements quickest wins the prize. This can be played in various permutations, whether you're reading out atomic numbers, symbols, or names, and similarly for what the players have down on their cards. Finally, another game that involves both the periodic table and maths is to give a series of equations, which are expressed in terms of the element, which the atomic number of which corresponds to.

So, for example, you could give the sum in the form oxygen times lithium, plus neon, divided by helium, gives you which element? This would then require finding the atomic number for these elements, completing the sum, finding the answer to that sum, and then working out which element it corresponds to. In this case, the answer would be seventeen, which would be chlorine. .