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1 A Webquest for EDU 505, Summer 2013 By Karen Springer

2 Have you noticed the word wall at the back of Mrs. Springer’s classroom? Well, it’s time for the annual changeover to the “monster interactive table” or “MIT” for short. We are going to transform this wall into the biggest periodic table you have ever seen, and what’s more, MIT will have different facets which show through the course of the year. Each one of us will become an expert on one of MIT’s elements and create each of the facets MIT displays.

3 Pick up your passbook, your facet pages, and your HPE (hand picked element) from Mrs. Springer - but be careful, some of them are quite dangerous.

4 During this quest, you will completely fill out your passbook and begin to understand what the different elements are, as well as general information about the periodic table. You are to become an expert on your HPE and use your expertise to present 3 facets of that element in a monster table at the back of the classroom. The facets include: name and history of discovery including a bio of discovering scientist Physical characteristics, availability, and uses A photograph of your element

5  Click on the video below to understand where the Periodic Table came from.

6     Fill in the info you found on page 2 of your passbook. See what you can learn about your HPE by clicking on one or more of the links below.

7 Metals Metalloids Nonmetals

8 This link is for an online chemistry encyclopedia. Search for metals and see what characteristics you find which you can use to answer questions on page 3 in your passbook.

9 Use the chemistry encyclopedia above to search for nonmetals and answer the questions on page 4 of your passbook.

10 Search the encyclopedia again for questions on page 5.

11 Go to the Royal Society of Chemistry web site and spend 5 to 10 minutes clicking around and getting to know the site. It is loaded with information! Begin to look at your element in particular in the site above. Make sure you listen to the podcast and watch the video for your element located at this site.

12 On the history tab at Find the following out about your element: Meaning of the name When discovered How many elements were known at that time? Who discovered it? Record this information on your 1 st facet sheet

13 Find out more about the person who discovered your HPE Try going to the chemical heritage foundation and looking up your scientist: resources/chemistry-in-history/people.aspx If you cannot find your scientist here, look around the web and let me know where you found your info. On the back of the 1 st facet sheet, write a short bio for this scientist, including how he/she discovered this element.

14 Return to the Royal Society of Chemistry site at And determine the following about your element: name and symbol Atomic number and atomic mass melting point and boiling point density at 0 degrees C electron configuration supply risk principal country of origin Record this information on your 2 nd facet sheet.

15 To find out more about how this element is used in the world today, check out another interactive periodic table called WebElements. On the back of your 2 nd facet sheet, write a short paragraph, in your own words, about what your element is used for.

16 The final facet for you to record of your element is its picture. Try one of the following sites for starters, to see if you can find a good shot – then print it. Make sure your picture is sized to be approximately 5x7 in size. Label the back side of your picture with the name of the element.

17 Criteria1234 Retrieval of InfoInformation incomplete and inaccurate Information mostly complete and accurate Information complete and accurate Extra information provided with documented accuracy Writing – Bio and Uses Paragraphs Writing disjointed with no significant details Writing contains 3-4 significant details. Writing contains several details, written cohesively Writing complex, cohesive, containing both significant and interesting detail. Use of Time for Webquest Little focus and did not use time wisely Maintained adequate focus and time usage. Worked consistently and focused on completing tasks Excellent focus and time usage.

18 Congratulations! You have been a major contributor in developing our MIT. We will be rotating the facets throughout the course of the year to give everyone a fantastic understanding of the elements we live with. The time and energy you put in shows, and the class appreciates your work! Let me know if there are more facets about the elements you came across that you would like to put up on MIT.

19 Living Periodically is a web-quest designed for 11/12 grade general chemistry students. It is an introductive study of the periodic table and should be implemented after students have an understanding of the following: Atomic structure (protons, neutrons, electrons) Density, Atomic mass, Atomic number It has been constructed to be completed individually, though it would work in pairs. Care should be taken to ensure that students are generating their own writing. Prior to running the quest, print out copies of passbooks and facet sheets and determine how an element will be selected for each student.

20 Asap Science. The New Periodic Table Song. Web 6/2013. Chemical Heritage Foundation. Philadelphia, PA. Web, 6/2013. Chemistry Daily, The Chemistry Encyclopedia. Web. 6/2013. Green, Hank. The Periodic Table. Crash Course Chemistry #4. Web 6/2013. Lehrer, Tom. The Elements Song, animated. Web 6/2013. Periodic Table of the Elements by WebElements. Web 6/2013. Royal Society of Chemistry, Visual Elements Periodic Table. Web 2013. The Photographic Periodic Table of the Elements. Web, 6/2013. They Might Be Giants. Meet the Elements Song. Web 6/2013.

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