Periodic Table Scrambled #08

Periodic Table Scrambled #08

Are you looking for educator resources for academic chemistry? Here is a table of elements wordangle puzzle with a list of 20 scrambled word clues. Many/most letter paths include one right hand turn!

Problem solving strategies (not in any order):
-rearrange the scrambled letters to reveal the hidden words
-use prior knowledge about wordangle puzzles: most letter paths cross; word paths travel forwards, backwards, horizontally, vertically, but not diagonally;
-trace, or circle, the letter paths
-track progress by checking off the words, or crossing out words as they are discovered
-work with a peer, or group of peers, to solve the puzzle (cooperation and collaboration)
-do a review of the updated list of words prior to solving the puzzle
-remember to record the correct spelling to help speed up the process of tracing the letter paths

Lesson plan activity ideas:
1. have students CREATE their own word search puzzles using blank word search grids which are located here: blank word search grid templates
2. IDENTIFY which elements in the list are: toxic/non-toxic, stable/unstable (remember to include elements' isotopes), is the element a natural element/laboratory discovered? ancient/modern?
3. ORGANIZE the list of elements by a) stability/instability of isotopes, b) toxicity levels (least to most/most to least), c) atomic number/weight/mass, d) period, e) group, f) ancient/modern
4. use list of words as research prompts (e.g. details about elements, 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. Carbon + Oxygen = CO2)

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