Periodic Poster Project

A.k.a. P3


Developed by:

Laura Kline


Jacki Zody


Northwestern High School, West Salem, OH



Periodic Poster Project is designed as an introduction to the Periodic Table of Elements for students in grades 9-12. It begins with the story behind the development of the first periodic table, including a biography of Dmitry Mendeleyev. This project enables students to identify and discover similarities and differences among the elements by using interactive periodic tables. Guidelines and worksheets are included in the TEACHER section to ensure timely student progress each day. Each student will be given an element to research. He/she will develop a poster for classroom presentation. Students will discover relationships among periodic table groups when they collaborate with other students who have been assigned elements in the same periodic family. Due to the broad range of information provided in the following resource sites, this project can be tailored to the general science student as well as the advanced chemistry student.



Is it possible to put the entire universe on one sheet of paper? You betcha!!! How, you ask? Click HERE to see.

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Wow! Wasn't that impressive? You have just seen all the building blocks from which EVERYTHING in the universe is created. Those 110 (and counting) elements, when combined together in numerous ways, create every substance know to mankind.


The Task

Day 1: Dmitry Who?

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The Periodic Table of Elements did not just magically appear. It was based upon the work of Dmitry Mendeleyev, a Russian chemist, who lived in the mid 1800's. Learn about Dmitry and the development of the Periodic Table of Elements by visiting the websites below (in order) and completing the Dmitry Who? worksheet provided by your teacher.


Day 2: Get Organized, Baby!

Because this Periodic Table sure is! The Periodic Table (PT) is organized into four main regions.  These regions are called metals, nonmetals, metalloids, and Noble Gases. These regions are broken down even further into vertical columns called Groups or Families. Not only is the PT vertically organized, it's got it all together horizontally, too! The horizontal rows tell something about the atomic structure. What, you ask? Discover for yourself by visiting the websites below and completing the Get Organized, Baby worksheet provided by your teacher.



Day 3: Brain Overload!

It's time to chew on and digest the overwhelming amount of information that you have encountered! Relieve the stress by returning to your classroom for teacher instruction.


Days 4 and 5: Get Interactive!

These interactive periodic tables place a wealth of information at your fingertips. With only a mouse click you can learn anything you care (or don't care) to know about each element. Using the websites below, choose any five elements and complete the Get Interactive outline provided by your teacher.

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Day 4

Day 5

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Day 6: Let's Get Social

Elements are rarely loners. Most often they chemically react and combine with other elements. It's time to return to class to discuss and observe some of these interactions.

Day 7: It's Periodic Poster Time

Using the posterboard and guidelines provided by your teacher, construct an attractive and informative poster to present to your class about your assigned element. Use Day 7 to research and gather the necessary information from the websites you visited on Days 4 and 5.

Day 4 Site (revisited)

Day 5 Site (revisited)


Days 8, 9, and 10: Chapter Review, Element Bingo, and Test, Too!

The title says it all -- back to the classroom! :)


Day 11: It's A Wrap!

Hope you've been busy, posters are due, it's time to show off and get with the Crew!

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Find your Periodic Family. Group up with students having the same color posterboard as yourself. Complete the It's A Wrap outline and essay provided by your teacher. Don't forget to hang your family portraits in their proper place on the back wall of the classroom. Just watch as the building blocks of the universe unfold before your very eyes!

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Periodic Play


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