Periodic Table Wordangle #08

Periodic Table Wordangle #08

Looking for educator lesson plan resources for the periodic table of elements? This academic chemistry periodic table puzzle has a list of 20 unique periodic elements hidden in a word search grid. The twist in this puzzle is that most word paths have a right hand turn in the solution.

Solve the puzzle:
1. review the list of words: this engages the brain
2 NOTE how the word paths TRAVEL: vertically, horizontally, forwards, backwards, but not diagonally
3. INTERSECTION POINTS: some word paths DO cross
4. TRACE the letter paths
5. TRACK progress: check off words as they are located in the grid

Here are some lesson plan activity ideas:
1. students CREATE their own word search puzzles to exchange with peers to solve [use blank word search grids found at the link below]
2. ORGANIZE the list of elements in reverse 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 ideas for more RESEARCH IDEAS (e.g. how were some of the elements named? (Einsteinium, for example))
5. ORGANIZE list of elements in alphabetical order BY SYMBOL

Access blank word search grids here: blank word searches.

What are some benefits of using puzzles in the classroom?
1. engages and develops students' critical thinking skills
2. activates and supports development of students' problem solving skills
3. supports brain health
4. helps to improve memory
5. supports consolidation of spelling of academic words