Periodic Table Scrambled #05

Periodic Table Scrambled #05

Are you looking for challenging educator resources to support students learning about the periodic table? Table of elements wordangle puzzle includes a list of 20 scrambled word clues, many of which have letter paths that include one right hand turn! Hence the name, wordangle puzzle!

Problem solving strategies might include (not in any order):
-jump start the solution by using the circled letters which are the beginning letters for each element
-unscramble the letters to reveal the hidden words
-record the correct spelling
-review the updated list of words prior to solving the puzzle
-use prior knowledge about wordangle puzzles: word paths travel forwards, backwards, horizontally, vertically, but not diagonally; some word paths do cross
-trace word paths
-track progress by checking off the words
-work with a peer to solve the puzzle

Lesson plan resource ideas:
1. encourage students to CREATE their own 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 are toxic/non-toxic
3. ORGANIZE the list of elements by a) number of stable/unstable isotopes, b) toxicity (least to most), c) atomic number/weight/mass, d) period, e) group
4. use list of words as research prompts (e.g. details about element's, and related isotopes, discovery, stable vs unstable elements, which elements can be combined to create new compounds?)
5. combine the elements from the list, where possible, to create new compounds (e.g. Hydrogen + Oxygen = H20)

Benefits of using puzzles to complement programming:
1. supports brain health
2. improves memory
3. supports visual acuity
4. activates problem solving strategies and critical thinking skills