Periodic Table Trends Children’s Book
You are an author trying to increase the popularity of your children's reference book series. To do
this your publisher has indicated that there are entirely too few science books written specifically
for children on the topic of the periodic table. Your publisher wants you to write a book on the
periodic table that will include all of the basic information about the table of the elements and the
information you can glean from it, while making chemistry appeal to a young audience.
Write a children's book appropriate for a sixth grade child on the topic of the periodic table. The format of
the book should include:
Cover: The book's cover should have the name of your topic, your name, and the class.
Table of Contents: This should list the interesting stuff you put in your book with page numbers.
Basic Information: organization of the table, families and properties of the families, metals,
nonmetals, metalloids, periodic law, noble gas electron configurations, periodic table trends,
atomic radius, ionic charges, ionization energy, electro-negativity, octet rule, valence electrons,
size of ions, electron affinity, effective nuclear charge. (minimum 6 pages)
Glossary: Your glossary should include at least 15 words included in your book with appropriate
definitions and pronunciation key. Color-code the words of the glossary where they appear in the
book. This is where descriptions of words like ionization energy, periods, etc. will take place. Don't
waste space on the book pages with wordy explanations of terms you can fit in the glossary.
Make a list of everything you need to know about your topic. Use the checklist provided as you construct
your book. Points will be deducted for missed information. The grading rubric is included in the checklist
so you have an idea of what you should include for your grade.
Be sure that your project is:
Accurate: now is not the time to make stuff up. While creativity is appreciated, don't lose points
supplying incorrect information.
Neatly done: It doesn't need to be done on the computer, however, hand written books need to be
written neatly with clear printing.
Correctly spelled: One point will be deducted per misspelled word. If you are not sure about the
spelling, look it up, or use spell check.
Colorful and Creative: but not distractingly so.
On time: There will be a 25% deduction per day late