In this activity, students become familiar with the names and symbols of the chemical elements by creating a rap or poem.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • recall the names and symbols of at least 20 elements of the periodic table
  • demonstrate understanding of the structure of the periodic table (rows and groups)
  • explain the meaning of the terms halogen, alkali metal and inert gas

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  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do.

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    Published 30 September 2009, Updated 22 November 2013