The Periodic Table An Elementary webquest


Sketch of Lesson Plan for Webquest:

Created by: Isaiah Quigley

Name of the Lesson: The Periodic Table, an Elementary Webquest

Course and SOL: Chemistry, Sol CH.2 CH.2 The student will investigate and understand that the placement of elements on the periodic table is a function of their atomic structure. The periodic table is a tool used for the investigations of

a) average atomic mass, mass number, and atomic number;

b) isotopes, half lives, and radioactive decay;

c) mass and charge characteristics of subatomic particles;

d) families or groups;

e) periods;

f) trends including atomic radii, electronegativity, shielding effect, and ionization energy;

g) electron configurations, valence electrons, and oxidation numbers;

h) chemical and physical properties; and

i) historical and quantum models.

Grade level: 11th (Chemistry)

Learning Objective:

Given the periodic table of the elements google doc, students will be able to summarize their research of their assigned element each week completing 7/8 correctly.


Each week as we learn about different topics pertaining to the Periodic Table of Elements, you will complete assignments relating to each topic. There are three tasks in this webquest: terminology hunt, the periodic table of anything, and the periodic table of elements wiki. Throughout the semester, you will also be summarizing research on each of the elements. Don't panic! You aren't doing this by yourself! The entire class will be doing this project researching an element each week. I've even done one for you! The final project for this class will be to make your own periodic table. This will also be explained later on in this webquest. Are you ready? You'd better be!


Task 1: Atoms, Molecules, and Elements!

Before moving into the meat of this webquest, we need some background knowledge. What is a periodic table? What are elements? That dear reader is left to you! This is the part of the quest where you find the object you need to complete the rest of the quest. This google doc, Terms and Definitions, has all the terms you will need to define. Don't panic when you can't edit it. You need to do this in a word document and submit it to me in class. This task is due the first week of October.

The following websites will help you on your quest:

simple and geared towards a younger audience, but useful nonetheless

Chem Tutor doesn't have everything you'll need, but it has a lot of what you will need. It's also a good place to go if you are having difficulty with other parts of the course.

Having taken difficult science and math courses previously, you probably know about this invaluable resource which, like chem tutor, has its uses outside these projects.

There are several quizlets available with these terms and definitions available. But beware! They may or may not be accurate so it would be good to double check.

I am hesitant about including Wikipedia and I have this to say about it. DO NOT USE wikipedia articles. Go to the sources or references at the bottom and use those to find legitimate sources. Wikipedia is a starting point but not where you should get your definitions from.

Task 2: The Periodic Table of...?

Over the past couple weeks we've covered terminology concerning the Periodic Table of Elements. Specifically, you should now know what a periodic table is. Your second task on this quest is to make your own periodic table. It can be a periodic table of ANYTHING! A Google search of "periodic table projects" is good for examples and ideas, but DO NOT PLAGIARIZE. When I was in high school, I did a periodic table of guns sorting them by type (i.e. handgun, carbine, assault rifle, etc) in the columns and by caliber in the rows. Your periodic table must have at least four rows and four columns. And remember, gaps in your table are fine! If you look at the Periodic Table of the Elements, the first row only has two elements (H and HE) and the next two rows only have eight. Be creative!

The rubric and further instructions for this project is found in the evaluation section. This project is due before Christmas break, but do not wait until the night before to do it! It will take longer than you think!

Task 3: Periodic Table of Elements Wiki

We now have enough information to begin the largest part of our study on the periodic table. This project is one we will spend time on even after our study of the periodic table is over. Each one of you will select an element each week. The sign up sheet for this is on my desk. You cannot sign up for the same element as someone else! Each week you will research your selected element finding the following information: the element's symbol, its atomic number, its standard state (solid, liquid, gas), its classification (Alkali Metal, Alkaline Earth Metal, Lanthanide, Actinide, Transition Metal, Post-transition Metal, Metalloid, Nonmetal, Halogen, or Noble Gas), its structure (number of protons, neutrons, electrons, how many of these electrons are valence electrons), a brief history of the element, and its uses. You will also draw a model of an atom of that element. Hydrogen is done for you as an example (no, that is not my image. I'll update it with a drawn picture when I get a chance). After the first few weeks, you will also be asked to improve either your own post or the post of one of your peers. The Periodic Table Wiki is here: Periodic Table of the Elements - Wiki.

The video detailing how to add links to Google docs is here: Webquest Demo.

Many of the same sites in task 1 can help you with this task. Additional websites include:

Most of these websites I found through a Google search. If you're having trouble with these websites, a Google search is permissible. Just make sure the sites you use are accurate by crosschecking them with another website or your textbook.

See the rubric for more information. This will be completed throughout the year. When it is completely finished depends on the number of students. (i.e. a class with 25 students will get through the 118 elements faster than a class with 20 students).

Task 4: Feedback (blog)

I've graded you; now you grade me. Go to the Google slides document linked below and each of you answer the following questions on your own slide:

What was your favorite part of each task?

What was your least favorite part of each task?

What do you feel needed to be better explained?

What do you feel could be added or taken away from this webquest?

Through this you will be able to see what your classmates thought of this course as well. This also puts everything in one convenient Google slides document for me to view at my leisure. This task is completion based and not graded for content. It is advisable to work on this as you complete each task.


NOTICE: Rubrics are discontinuous. There are areas in between each element of the rubric. The rubrics are just to give you an idea of what I expect. I will average your grade for each section (i.e. if you get a high A on one aspect of a task and a low B on another, you would have a high B or low A).

Terminology Rubric:

Periodic Table of Anything Rubric:

Wiki Rubric:

Feedback Rubric:


This webquest provides me with evidence that students undertand required terminology as well as concepts behind the periodic table itself and the concepts behind the parts of different elements. They know how to describe each element accurately and completely.


All the website listed above throughout the webquest belong to their original owners and their work is credited to them.

My father, a former math and science teacher, is the inspiration for the Periodic Table of Anything project as he had his students do this every year.

Created By
Isaiah Quigley


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