Thursday, October 25, 2012

Science and Art Collaboration

Tomorrow we'll be starting the design process of our giant Periodic Table of Elements. This project is a collaboration between 7th grade Science students and 8th grade Art students.  Below are the documents needed to begin our work.

First, here is a definition from BrainPop to refresh your memory about what the Periodic Table of Elements is. We'll be watching the BrainPop animation to review as well.

The periodic table of the elements is a list of all the known elements in the world. Every physical thing is made up of matter, and matter is made up of chemical elements. An element is a substance that contains only one kind of atom. Atoms with different numbers of protons in the nuclei behave differently. Elements in the periodic table are organized by the way they behave. The elements are arranged in order of increasing atomic number, which is equal to the number of protons in one atom’s nucleus.

To use the periodic table, you have to know what the numbers and letters stand for. The abbreviation in the center tells you which element you are looking at—each element has a different abbreviation, like H for hydrogen and Li for lithium. The number on top of the letters is the atomic number. If you look across the periodic table you will see that the elements go in order, each increasing by one proton!

Here is an example of a table. We'll be using a similar color code system in our ginormous example.

Here is Mrs. Feierabend's example of a 7th grade worksheet. You'll be seeing one of these in your Google email account soon.

Here is an example of the layout of your element pizza box. Reference this when you are gluing down your pieces.

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