Get to Know the Periodic Table Activity 1-1


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 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 #7.

6.    The Additional sections on the periodic table listed in #19.

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 # 3!  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.




  1. Write the symbol of each element that exists as a gas at ordinary conditions in RED: (H, He, N, O, F, Ne, Cl, Ar, Kr, Xe, Rn )
  2. Write the symbol of each element that is a liquid at ordinary condition in BLUE. Hg , Br.
  3. Write the symbol of the rest of the elements, which are all solids at ordinary conditions, in BLACK . If you don’t get them all written right now, do it later. Move onto step 4 and come back to this step.
  4. Number the groups. (Use the periodic table on page 64 in the text book, “World of Chemistry,  or Marine’s Periodic table for numbering system.)
  5. Number the periods
  6. Draw a heavy black line between the metals and nonmetals.


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

Group 1          alkali metals

Group 2          alkaline earth metal

Group 3-12    (collectively) transition metals

Group 17        halogens

Group 18        Noble gases


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


  1. Place the atomic number for each element above the symbol.


  1. Use the following chart to shade the boxes on the periodic table. Other colors may be substituted.

Halogens                                blue

Noble gases                          yellow

Alkali metals                          purple

Alkaline earth metals            red

Transition elements              green

Lanthanides                           orange

Actinides                                light blue


  1. OUTLINE THE BOX  in dark green if the element is RADIOACTIVE in its most common form:  Tc, Po, At, Rn, Fr, Ra, Rf, Db, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Pm, Ac, Th, Pa, U, Np, Pu, Am, Cm, Bk, Cf, Es, Fm, Md, No, Lr


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