Elements And Compounds Project

Thanks to K. Holland

This project is designed to help you become more familiar with individual elements, their compounds, and how those compounds are useful to people. CHEMISTRY is all around us and some of it is VERY COOL!

Prototype Card Day

  1. You may select an element or one will be assigned to you.
  2. You will research the physical and chemical properties of your element.
  3. You will design a "prototype card" that must be approved by your instructor (10 points).
  4. The front of your prototype card should include the following:
    1. the element block from the periodic table (symbol, name, atomic number, atomic mass).
    2. three significant physical properties of the element.
    3. three significant chemical properties or uses of the element.
  5. The back of your prototype card should be an original drawing that relates to your element (BE CREATIVE!)

Card Construction

  1. For your element, create eight identical cards (2 points each) just like the one approved by your instructor on prototype card day.
  2. You may make 2 additional cards for extra credit.
  3. Effort and artistic ability count! Your cards should look nice!
  4. Your original computer artwork is acceptable, but photocopies of your design or clip art is not acceptable.

Trading Day

  1. This is TRADING DAY! (10 points participation)
  2. You'll be given a set of eight random cards that your classmates made and a list of stories or scenarios involving elements and chemical compounds. You should always have eight cards in your hands.
  3. The scenarios help to show how elements are combined to make compounds that people use.
  4. Solve a scenario problem by collecting a card for each element found in the scenario compound - check your hand and then TRADE TRADE TRADE with classmates to get elements you need!
  5. Solve one scenario problem at a time. You need only one card for each element in the scenario. For example, if the scenario was for H2O, you would need just one hydrogen card and one oxygen card.
  6. Share your scenario solution with your instructor and you'll be paid in copper, silver, and gold tokens (you can use your pieces to buy goodies later!)
  7. You should be able to explain to the instructor how the compound is used in the scenario and answer other questions (s)he might pose to you about the elements just played.
  8. Your instructor will exchange the cards you just "played" for new cards so you'll have eight cards again.

Your Element Stories

  1. Use your last "hand" of cards to create your own story involving at least 5 elements (4 points each).
  2. Your story must make use of the real properties/uses of the elements in your hand OR real properties/uses of the compounds you can make from your hand. Your story should be detailed enough that your instructor knows you know what you're talking about!
  3. Your story should be:
    1. about a page long.
    2. creative!
    3. well-written.
    4. Your story AND last hand of cards are due two days after trading day.