This is the ultimate follow-up to the previous Chemistry/Art/Peace lesson called Chemistry: Energy Shell Peace Flags. Before you can attempt the rest of this lesson, you’ll need to see how this is done… click here.
Recently, some middle school students got in on the process of making these and chose which elemental groups they wanted to work on (metals, non-metals, noble gases, etc.) This is a work in progress as our goal is to try to finish as many of the elements off of the periodic table as possible.
The higher the valence shells we achieved, the more we realized that the stars were no longer going to fit! By the time we got to Phosphorus (P), we knew it was time.
We had to get pretty resourceful once we ran out of space for the stars to act as the electrons.
After one brainstorming session and only a couple of mishaps, our resourcefulness and persistence paid off! We decided to use various sized beads… Here’s how it turned out. We hope you think it’s as cool as we do!
- watercolor paper – cut into sixths
- liquid watercolor
- medium-sized paintbrush
- wax-resist sticks (or white crayon)
- periodic table of elements chart
- energy level shells chart (ACS Middle School Chemistry has a GREAT tutorial and chart for this: LINK)
- Bohr’s Model three part cards: I’ve had these cards for eons, and scoured the internet looking for the link just for this post. After a couple of hours of looking, I finally realized that I had gotten the idea from Eclectic Living’s Montessori chemistry post, and had followed her idea in copying and pasting the diagrams into a document from ChemicalElements.com‘s website.
I would LOVE to see your results – even if it’s just a few elements.