Elements Unite! The world is in danger! An evil villain has sent giant mutant bunny rabbits to take over Los Angeles. As the president of Elements Inc., the headquarters of elemental superheroes, it is up to you to send your best superheroes to save the world. But you have to hurry! The rabbits have already attacked and destroyed most of the city. The fate of the world is in your hands, good luck! TASK: Each student assumes the role of president of Elements Inc. Therefore, each student will select an element from the Periodic Table. Using the guidelines and rubric, you must create and design the best superhero to save the day. YOUR FINAL PRODUCT MUST INCLUDE: 1. An atomic drawing/model of your element: Create a drawing of the atomic structure of your element using Bohr’s model. Make sure to include correct number of subatomic particles and correctly label the subatomic particles. If you choose this could be in a 3-D model. 2. A written description of your superhero: Using the research you collected regarding your chosen element, write a 300 word write up describing the characteristics of your superhero. The superhero’s characteristics should be based purely upon the information you learned about your element. This may be written neatly or typed. If typed, it should be doublespaced with 12-point font (Arial or Times New Roman only). Watch for incorrect spelling and grammar, such as capitals (upper case) at the beginning of sentences, periods and/or punctuations at the end of sentences, etc. 3. A drawing of your Elemental Superhero: This should be a drawing in color of your Elemental Superhero. You may want to draw your superhero fighting his/her villain or using his/her special powers or fighting the rabbits. Make sure that your drawing corresponds to the characteristics of your superhero that you learn from researching your element and describe in the written description. 4. 5-fun facts about your element: This is a written page of 5 facts you learned about your element (NOT the Superhero, but the actual element). Some examples include: where your element is found in nature, how your element is use, etc. These should be written or typed on a separate sheet of paper and may include actual pictures of your element or things your element are used in. HOW: You are going to conduct research and information about your element and based on what we are learning in class. You should use AT LEAST 2 sources not including the Periodic Table of Elements to obtain your information. Possible internet sources are found below in the resource section. You may also use your notes, homework, textbook, and class books to help you. Use the data sheets to help you collect information on your element before designing your superhero. RESOURCES: www.periodictable.com www.chemicalelements.com www.chemicool.com www.webelements.com www.rsc.org/chemsoc/visualelements/pages/pertable_fla.htm www.periodicvideos.com/# www.uky.edu/Projects/Chemcomics/ www.lenntech.com/periodic-chart.htm www.chem4kids.com/files/elem_intro.html Scoring Rubric Life Skills Criteria Effort/Completion (std WC 1.2) Neatness (std WC 1.1) 4 I worked on the project until it was done. I stayed on task while researching and used my class time wisely to work on the project. I completed ALL of the project parts. 3 I worked on the project most of the time, but may have occasionally been off task. I completed at least 3 parts of the project. 2 I put some effort into the project, but I stopped when it became difficult. I was sometimes on task, but did not use all my class time to work. I completed at least 2 parts of the project. 1 I put little effort into the project. I was often not on task and/or did not use my classroom time effectively. I completed 1 part of the project or partially completed multiple parts of the project. Papers are neat, not wrinkled or tagged. Pictures are detailed and in color. Project is 2 of the 3 things: neat/not wrinkled, detailed, in color. Project is 1 of the 3 things: neat/not wrinkled, detailed, in color. Project is none of the 3 things: neat/not wrinkled, detailed, in color. All project parts are student created; it shows thought and is related to the properties of the element. All project parts are student created. It is somewhat based upon the element’s properties. All project parts are student created, but has little relation to the element’s properties. All project arts are student created, but has no relation to the element’s properties. Atomic model is accurate – it has correct labels and numbers of subatomic particles. 1 item of atomic model is missing/incorrect. 2 items of atomic model are missing/incorrect. 3 items of atomic model are missing/incorrect. Facts are true and reflect research. Facts are true and reflect some research. Facts are mostly accurate and/or little research shown. Written description is at least 300 words in length. It describes the superhero’s powers and a justification for the powers. Written description is almost 300 words in length and/or describes the superhero’s powers. A written description is submitted. Academic Criteria Creativity (std 7.c) Accuracy (std 7.b, 3.a & 7.c) Facts are true and reflect research. Written (std 7.a & 7.c) Written description is at least 300 words in length. It describes superhero’s powers and an accurate justification for the powers. ELEMENT DATA SHEET Element Name: Element Symbol: Atomic Number: Number of Protons: Number of Electrons: Number of Neutrons: Metal, Non-metal, Metalloid, Inert/Nobel gas Element Properties (these become your superhero’s characteristics and super costume): appearance, texture, color, odor, taste, melting or boiling points, poisonous, corrosive, reactive, etc. Who discovered/found the element (may use in the story about how the superhero got his powers or was discovered) Element named after anything? (superhero name or undercover name) Where was element discovered (where superhero was born) When was the element discovered (age of the superhero) Where is the element found: earth’s crust, air, ocean floor, etc. (where does the superhero lives or secret hideout) What elements are in the same family/group (family members of your superhero) How is the element used in real life (what superhero does for living or his/her undercover job) Other elements or substances (molecules or compounds) that reacts with your element: burn, blow-up, melt, breakdown Other interesting things about your element: radioactive, rare, expensive, etc.
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