The History of the Periodic Table: Rotating Group Work

Hellloooo Every one!!!

So I am just about to embark on my third and final week of placement and I have spent the entire weekend lesson planning, laminating, cutting, pasting and prepping like a mad woman #studentteacherlife

For my year 10 science I attempted to teach them to balance chemical equations last week and it was (no word of a lie) the most boring lesson ever! So I’ve decided to attempt to shake things up a little this week by running our first lesson of the week as a rotating group activity.

The three activities involve;

  1. Reading a text and pulling out key dates / people to create a timeline that details the history of the periodic table
  2. Balancing chemical equations using molymods (after the difficulty they faced balancing equations using multiples, I decided a more tactile, visual approach was in order)
  3. Creating a categorical system to organise given elements. Students will be given a random assortment of elements and be required to find a way of categorising them.

 

I used a number of resources for this activity, some I created and 2 I found online and dowloaded. For you convenience here they are…

 

To make things simpler I printed the assorted sheets on coloured paper (a different colour per activity) and laminated them –> then I created instruction cards that could be read by the students to explain how the activity would run (these are included at the end of the lesson plan). All work would be completed in the students workbooks, with the exception of the timeline which would be completed on a piece of A3 paper, and then hung on the classroom wall.

 

Well I hate to be blunt, but I still have an enormous amount of lesson planning to do for the upcoming week ❀ So I’m going to end this post here.

Have a beautiful week everyone !!

Namaste xx