1.Plan the project
Researching an element: Tips for gathering information
Name of Element: _____________________
What do you already know about the element?
What are the main areas you are expected to know about this element?
1.Name and symbol of the element
2.The main properties of the element
3.Where is the element found in nature?Who first identified or “discovered” the element?(If unknown, say so).How common is it.
4.What is the atomic model of the element like?How many protons and neutrons are in the nucleus and how many electrons surround the molecule? (You may draw or create a 3-D model of it and then take a photo of it).
5.What is the element used for?
6.Compounds: What are the compounds that are formed with the element you’re studying and other elements.What are the properties of those compounds and how are they used?
7.Other interesting facts, such as the state it is usually found in (solid, liquid, gas or plasma) and the melting/boiling temperatures.
8.Conclusion: Summarize the main points about the element
9.What resources did you use for information and where did you get images from (See Works Cited sample)
2.. Gather the Research Information/Images
Find written resources such as books and encyclopedias.Try the library first.Write down the information needed for the areas to be covered (see Part 1 above), as an outline.
Try CD-Rom software such as Encyclopedias (such as Encarta) or Science materials.Get information and, if possible and if permitted, copy images from those sources.
Try web sites for information and images.For a project, such as a Power Point, you are allowed to use images without asking the webmaster of the site for permission.If you are to do a web site, then you need to request permission to use the image.
Essential web sites for project:
Table with descriptions of every element from
Chemicool Periodic Table with links for every element:
Web Elements Periodic Table with links for every element
Additional Information found at the following web sites:
Math and Molecules http://www.nyu.edu/pages/mathmol/K_12.htm
Spanish/English resource on Atoms, Molecules and Elements:
Solids, Liquids and Gasses: http://www.galaxy.net/~k12/phases/
SCORE Matter Web Quest: The Case of the Mystery Matter
Periodic Table of Comic Books http://www.uky.edu/Projects/Chemcomics/
General Search Engines:Use the following web search engines:
3.Cite Your Information and Image Sources
qAs you get information, write down where you got it from.When you do the project, you will need to list all sources in the bibliography.
qAs you save images (Right Click>Save Image As> Save to 3 ½ Floppy), write down the name you saved it as and where you got it.You will need to list the source of the images in the Bibliography/Source Cited at the end of the project.For a web page, you will need to request information of the webmaster of the site you are getting it from.