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Mr. Fallon's Science Projects: Periodic Table Art Project


Nails Did: 05/01/11

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Periodic Table Art Project

Niobium Magnesium ScandiumRubidium Phosphorus Radon Lawrencium Dysprosium


Galloway Periodic Table Art Exhibition


In honor of the 149th anniversary of the periodic table we are going to create an artistic tribute to the periodic table.



  1. Research, summarize, and cite information on two elements from multiple sources.

  2. Create an artistic representation of two elements on a 20cm x 20cm tile.

  3. Write a description and summary of your artwork and elements.



1. Your research must include the following facts:

  • Symbol

  • Atomic number

  • Atomic mass

  • Density

  • Number of isotopes

  • State of Matter

  • Color

  • Classification (alkali metal, noble gas, etc.)

  • Who, when, and where was it discovered?

2. Your research must also include interesting facts. For example:

  • Is there an interesting story about how it was discovered or named?

  • Does it have any unique or interesting properties or uses?

  • Are there any historical facts or stories about your element?


Research must be done by hand, on butcher paper, summarized in bullet points.

A formal, typed, hard copy bibliography must be turned in.

A minimum of three sources cited in APA format must be used.

Check rubric for more details.




Use any connection you want to represent your element. (The person who discovered it, where it was discovered, how it’s used, etc.) Keep it interesting, unusual, and unique. Do not use already copyrighted images. These should be original works.


  • Projects must be precisely 20cm x 20cm in size. Use something more sturdy than paper.

  • The periodic number and symbol must be obvious.

  • Projects must be able to be hung on the wall.

  • You may use any materials and medium that you like: collage, magazines, watercolor, chalk, pencil, crayon, computer design, comic books. The image or symbol you chose to depict your element can be obvious or subtle, but you must be able to explain the reasoning behind your choice.



Write a summary of the interesting facts you found about your element. Also write about how your artwork relates to your element research. This will be a typed in APA format, and turned in with your bibliography and tile. See example below:



  • Projects are due Block Day, December 14/15th. Projects will be displayed in periodic table format on our hallway.




Periodic Table Art Project Rubric









In depth research with many details and examples. Element knowledge is excellent

Includes essential knowledge about the topic. Element knowledge is good.

Includes essential information about the topic, but there may be errors or lack of detail.

Content is minimal and there are several factual errors.






Source information collected (on time) for all graphics and facts from at least 3 sources. Information has clearly been summarized by the student without excessive copying and pasting. All sources are cited correctly.

Source information collected (on time) for all graphics and facts from at least 3 sources. Information appears to be summarized by the student without excessive copying and pasting. Most sources are cited correctly.

Information collected from less than 3 sources. Research was not completed on time. Some information has been summarized by the student, but some appears copied and pasted. Some sources cited incorrectly.

Several facts and graphics cited incorrectly or not at all. Research was completed well after the due date. Information has been copied and pasted without student using their own words.

Final Product



Ideas are creative and original. Makes excellent use color, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance final product. Excellent effort and final product.

Final product shows some creative ideas and originality. Makes good use of color, graphics, effects, etc. Good effort and final product.

Final product shows minimal creative ideas and originality. Makes adequate use of color, graphics, effects, etc. Satisfactory  effort and final product.

Final product lacks creative ideas and originality. Use of color, graphics, effects, etc. needs improvement. Marginal effort and final product.






















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