Periodic Table Wordangle #04

Periodic Table Wordangle #04

Are you an educator looking for lesson plan activities for the periodic table of elements? This periodic table wordangle puzzle includes a list of 20 unique periodic elements hidden in a word search grid. The circled letters are letter hints; each represents the first letter of the hidden element.

To solve the puzzle:
1. review the list of words to engage the brain
2 word paths travel: vertically, horizontally, forwards, backwards, but not diagonally
3. locate the circled letters, which are the starting letters for each hidden word
4. some word paths DO cross; most word paths include one right hand turn
5. trace, or circle the letter paths
6. track progress by checking off each word as it is located in the grid

Some lesson plan resource ideas:
1. provide blank word search grids for students to create their own word search puzzles; exchange with peers to solve [link is below for blank word searches]
2. put the list of elements in atomic weight order;
3. encourage students to spell academic vocabulary using periodic table symbols [e.g. spell the word: C A R B O N using the elements: Carbon, Argon, Boron, Oxygen and Nitrogen; or could C A R B O N be spelled using different symbols?]
4. use list of words as writing prompts for more research and discovery of the element
5. put list of elements in alphabetical order BY SYMBOL

Blank word search grids link found here: blank word searches.

What are the benefits of including puzzles in programming? Multiple benefits include:
1. engages and develops students' critical thinking skills
2. activates and supports development of students' problem solving skills
3. engages the brain
4. helps to improve memory
5. supports consolidation of spelling of academic words
6. supports visual acuity