Periodic Table Scrambled #03

Periodic Table Scrambled #03

Looking for engaging educator lesson plan resources for the periodic table? Here is a table of elements wordangle puzzle. List of 20 scrambled word clues, many of which have letter paths that include one right hand turn! Hence the name, wordangle puzzle!

Solve the puzzle:
1. FIRST, unscramble the letters to reveal the hidden words; record the correct spelling
2. NEXT, briefly review the list of words to engage the brain
3. REMEMBER that word paths travel forwards, backwards, horizontally, vertically, but not diagonally; some word paths do cross
4. THEN trace the word paths
5. FINALLY, track progress by checking off the words

Some additional lesson plan activities:
1. encourage students to CREATE word search puzzles to exchange with peers using blank word search grids [link to grids: blank word searches]
2. IDENTIFY which elements in the list have stable/unstable isotopes and identify each of the isotopes
3. ORGANIZE the list of words by a) period, b) group
4. use list of words as research prompts (e.g. how were some of the elements named? (e.g. Curium), how did they discover isotopes for one of the elements? how long as the element been included in the periodic table/have there always been 118 elements?)
5. combine the elements, where possible, to create new compounds (e.g. Hydrogen + Oxygen = H20)

Benefits of working with puzzles:
1. support brain health
2. improve memory
3. activate problem solving strategies and critical thinking skills
4. support visual acuity