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This lesson is designed to teach high school students about the trends found in the four main families (groups) on the periodic table: Alkali Metals, Alkaline Earth Metals, Halogens and Noble Gases.  Students will work in groups of three to complete a family sketch for their assigned chemical family.  They will go over the family members and trends/characteristics found within each family.  They will create a "day in the life" description of their family along with sketching a family portrait.   
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Natalie on Aug 06, 04:52pm

I appreciate the feedback I received from my fellow educators and instructor. The feedback helped me to improve and streamline my lesson plan. Changes I made after receiving feedback: I changed the thumbnail image for this lesson plan. This image is an original example for this assignment created in my classroom. I streamlined the teacher background information section by adding the titles of the articles I included and linking the articles through the title. In the instructional procedures I made sure that that I attached the resources mentioned. I also put a time frame in the procedure. I addressed how to choose groups--suggestions for teachers. I kept a picture of the rubric in the Assessment information. I was able to attach the Utah State Standards for this lesson.

Monica Orton on Aug 06, 02:18pm

Something I like about this resource is the creativity of the lesson and the different ways students can complete the assignment.
An opportunity for improvement of this resource is to make sure students know the vocabulary of Alkali Metals, Alkaline Earth Metals, Halogens, and Noble Gases.
Something I wonder about this resource is how the groups will be assigned.
One new idea to consider in the design of this resource is adding a rubric to the picture part of the lesson.
I really like this lesson because it is creative and helps students to understand the Periodic Table which is a base that chemistry is built on.

Natalie @Monica Orton on Aug 06, 04:30pm

Thank you for your feedback! I greatly appreciate it. I was able to take your recommendations and improve on my lesson. It is important for students to understand the vocabulary you mentioned. We cover it in our chapter 3 notes (attached to the lesson). I would give teachers their own discretion when assigning groups. I have my students in tables of six so I just divide my tables in half. I agree that to understand chemistry you must have an understanding of the periodic table.



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