Standard I, Objective 3
Title: Periodically Puzzled
Description: Students will place the ‘elements’ in their proper position on the
Periodic Table using the clues provided and their understanding of the Periodic
Materials: Scissors and glue.
1. Have the students cut out the individual ‘elements.’
2. They will need to use the hints provided along with their understanding of
the Periodic Law to place the elements in their proper place on the
3. Glue the elements in their proper position when they are sure it is in the
THE PERIODIC LAW PUZZLE
The present organization of the elements is a product of the first
periodic table published by Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869. The amazing
accuracy of his predictions has been very important to chemists in this
century. However, the basis of his arrangement was the atomic masses of
the elements. This approach proved incorrect as it would have placed some
elements in a family with dissimilar properties. Henry Moseley rearranged
the table on the basis of the atomic numbers of the elements. In accordance
with Moseley’s revision, the periodic law states: the properties of the
elements are periodic functions of their atomic numbers.
Each of the 109 known elements has its own set of characteristic
properties. These range from solid to gas, lustrous to dull, low to high
melting points, various colors, and so on. The elements are arranged within
the periodic table into groups or families (vertical columns) and periods or
rows (horizontal rows). This arrangement reflects the periodic or repeating
nature of the properties of the elements.
In this experiment, you will use your knowledge of periodic properties
and a list of clues to correctly arrange the elements from a scrambled
periodic table. You will also predict values for any information missing
from the table.
Arrange the elements in Groups IA-VIIIA (1, 2, 13-18) according to a
list of clues and your knowledge of periodic properties.
Predict the missing properties of each element based on location in the
Explain the trends of properties in families and periods.
3. Blank periodic table
4. Scrambled table of elements
1. Each block on the table represents a different element from Groups IA-VIIIA (1, 2, 13-18)
2. Cut out blocks A-Z. Use the following clues and arrange the elements in their proper order on the
Periodic Table. When you have placed these 26 elements in their correct position, glue them in
place. (HINT – these elements will fill the first four periods)
The following sets of elements belong together in groups or families:
Z, R, D
P, S, I, F
J, X, B, E
L, H, T
Q, K, A
W, O, V
G, U, N
Y, M, C
J has an atomic number three times that of T.
U has an electron configuration of 1s22s22p2.
F2A forms a water molecule.
S is an alkali metal.
E is a noble gas.
Z has the smallest atomic mass in its group.
B has ten protons.
O has an atomic number larger than V.
D has the largest atomic mass of its group.
C has five electrons in its outer energy level.
X has an atomic number one higher than F.
L is an Alkaline Earth element with atomic mass of 40.
Y is a metalloid.
O is a halogen.
The atomic mass of T is more than that of H.
Q has an atomic mass 2 times that of A.
Atoms of I are larger than those of S.
M has an atomic number one less than that of A.
The electrons of atom N are distributed over three energy levels.
The atomic radius of K is the largest of the group.
The outer electrons in element I and Y are in the fourth energy level.
Element G is a metalloid.
3. Cut out the remaining 16 blocks. Use the information provided in each block and your
knowledge of periodic properties to arrange these elements in their proper position on the blank
paper. Glue the blocks in place.
Hh has the lowest ionization energy of all the elements on the table.
Nn atoms are located in the s-block.
Ii atoms have an abbreviated electron configuration of [Kr]5s24d105p4
Hint: Aa, Kk, Cc, Jj, Bb, Pp are all in the same period
Atomic radii Melting point, ºC
0.0014 gas 0.0009 gas 1.82 5.90 0.0018 gas 0.00009 gas
A B C D E F
-281 -249 0.115 44 0.122 29.8 0.191 -189 -259
5.32 1.85 0.862 0.0037 gas 4.79 1.55
G H I J K L
0.123 937 0.111 1278 64 -157 0.114 217 839
0.0013 gas 2.33 0.003 gas 0.534 2.07 2.70
M N O P Q R
-270 1410 0.099 -101 0.152 181 113 0.143 660
0.971 1.74 2.27 0.0016 gas 3.12 liquid 0.00018 gas
S T U V W X
0.192 98 649 3550 0.072 -219 0.111 -7 0.122 -272
5.7 2.34 1.53 7.31 6.69 0.0059 gas
Y Z Aa Bb Cc Dd
817 0.083 2079 0.248 39 0.141 232 0.136 631 0.218 -112
19.8 9.75 1.87 6.24 7.31
Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj
0.14 302 0.167 254 0.155 271 0.265 28 450 0.163 157
4.93 11.85 0.0097 gas 3.5 11.3 2.54
Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp
0.128 0.170 304 0.22 -71 725 0.175 328 0.215 769