ADOPT AN ELEMENT
You are about to become the proud parent of your very own element in our Adopt an
Element Program. Before being granted “custody,” you must complete the following
PART I - POSTER (75 Points)
Make a poster on large paper to display the results of your research. The poster should be
neat, eye-catching, and easy to read. Your classmates and I are relying on you to display
the information so that we all can learn from it. You will also be evaluated for Presentation,
Word Choice, and Sentence Fluency from the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing. You must put your
information into your own words, choose a variety of interesting vocabulary and vary the
sentence structure and flow. The poster should include these three components, each
A. PORTRAIT OF AN ELEMENT
Draw a colorful picture of your element which includes the correct number of
protons and neutrons in the nucleus, plus the correct number of electrons in its
You poster should include the following essential points. This could be written in
paragraph form or in a table of information. You must use your own words.
You may not download information directly from the internet. You must be able
to define all vocabulary used.
The following information must be included:
Description of the physical and chemical characteristics of your element
What does it look like?
What form does it take in the environment; solid, liquid, or gas?
Is it combined with something else?
Where is it found?
How common is it?
Is it easy to get and use?
Tell about its chemical family.
Who are your element’s friends? (substances with which it chemically
C. USES OF THE ELEMENT
Gather or draw your own pictures showing how your element is used in our daily
lives. Write a caption for each picture. (For example, a poster about boron might
show a laundry detergent label, since boron is found in soap powder. A poster about
lead might show a pencil, depicting the use of lead in the tip.) Try to show at least 5
ways your element is used in the world around us. Talk about why your element is
important in everyday life, or just what part it plays on Earth.
PART II – 3D MODEL (25 points)
Use any materials to construct a 3D model of your element.
Your model should be an accurate representation of the correct number of protons
and neutrons in the nucleus, plus the correct number of electrons in its energy
These need to be built, not just shown with a number.
You model must be labeled to show the protons, neutron, nucleus, electrons and
electron orbit. You may label these parts directly or show them with a key or
Your element must be labeled with the element’s name and the number of
protons, neutrons, and electrons.
The materials you choose may be gathered around your house or may be purchased.
We also have many standard supplies available here in the classroom if you should
need them (glue, various types/colors of paper etc).
A sample grading sheet (rubric) is attached.
This project requires a great deal of initiative and planning on your part. In order to
manage your time and to organize your work, you should plan to work on your project
each night. Do not leave it until the end. Use the list of Chemistry Websites listed plus any
others you find helpful. Many of these were created for school children to use. When
researching elements, you will probably find that many of the available resources are
written for high school readers. If you need assistance “sorting” through resources to find
information you can understand, I am here to help.
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