Get to Know the Periodic Table Activity ______

Put your name on it. Label it Activity ________


As you do this, pay attention and learn.

You are expected to KNOW after doing this assignment:

1.    The state of every element at room temperature and pressure.

2.    Which elements are metals and which are nonmetals  and semimetals by looking at the periodic table.

3.    What a period on the Periodic table is. (horizontal row or vertical column?)

4.    What a group on the Periodic Table is. (horizontal row or vertical column?)

5.    The name of each group of elements listed in #5

6.    The Additional sections on the periodic table listed in #11, 12.

7.    Elements that are NOT in the transition elements or the lanthanides or actinides are in the REPRESENTATIVE ELEMENTS.



DO NOT SPEND ALL OF YOUR TIME WRITING ALL THE SYMBOLS in # 8!  You can fill the majority in after the rest is done. Use the colored pencils in class, now.







Getting To Know the Periodic Table


Objective:     To be able to use the periodic table to identify and classify elements and to use the periodic table to predict the behavior of elements. DO NOT WRITE IN SYMBOLS YET!!!  ONLY DO IT WHEN THE INSTRUCTIONS SAY TO!! CORRECT THE BLACK LINE! PERIODS AND GROUPS ARE ALREADY NUMBERED!



  1. Using Red, Write the symbol of each GASEOUS element that exists as a gas at RTP: (H, He, N, O, F, Ne, Cl, Ar, Kr, Xe, Rn )
  2. Using Blue Write the symbol of each LIQUID element that is a liquid at RTP in BLUE. Hg , Br.
  3. Number the groups. (Use the periodic table on page 64 in the text book, “World of Chemistry,” 
  4. Number the periods (Back of Book).


  1. Write the name of each of the following groups above the number:

Group 1          alkali metals

Group 2          alkaline earth metal

Group 16       chalcogens

Group 17       halogens

Group 18       Noble gases


  1. Using Black, write the symbol of the elements in these groups listed above in #5 if you have not already written it in a different color. Black symbols represent solids.  If you don’t get them all written right now, do it later


  1. Shade the boxes on the periodic table using the colors below. Other colors may be substituted.

Halogens                               blue

Noble gases                          yellow

Alkali metals                         purple

Alkaline earth metals          red


  1. Using Black Write the symbol of the rest of the elements, which are all solids at ordinary conditions, in BLACK


  1. Draw a heavy black line between the metals and nonmetals.


  1. Place the atomic number for the first 36 elements above the symbol.


11. Write the name for Groups 3-12    (collectively) above the section.  transition metals Color these green

  1. Write the names of the two rows at the bottom of the chart:  lanthanides and actinides

Lanthanides :           orange           Actinides:      light blue


Periodic Table Worksheet                              NAME_________________________________________

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