Overview

In this activity, students select a chemical element from the periodic table, research its physical characteristics and then create a comic book character based on the element (i.e., a character that manifests three of the physical properties encountered).

Students upload their work into an online collaborative platform, enabling classmates to analyze and comment on their preliminary work. Students have the opportunity to analyze the comments and suggestions made by their peers, modifying their work as needed.

Once this first round of edits is completed, students create a story based on their comic book character and submit their work to ...

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In this activity, students select a chemical element from the periodic table, research its physical characteristics and then create a comic book character based on the element (i.e., a character that manifests three of the physical properties encountered).

Students upload their work into an online collaborative platform, enabling classmates to analyze and comment on their preliminary work. Students have the opportunity to analyze the comments and suggestions made by their peers, modifying their work as needed.

Once this first round of edits is completed, students create a story based on their comic book character and submit their work to the instructor who also provides feedback. Students address instructor feedback and proceed to submit a final version of their creative piece.

Note that with the help of an online collaborative platform, this entire activity is completed OUT OF CLASS.

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Objectives

The objective of this activity is for students to gain a greater familiarity with the various elements making up the periodic table. Students learn how to discuss science in a precise manner, and how to provide constructive feedback.

Context and requirements

Level Grade 10-Grade 11, Grade 12-U0
Discipline Chemistry
Course Other
Activity Content Periodic table of elements, physical properties of elements, applications of different elements
Technological Requirements An online collaborative platform, such as Visual Classrooms, is required.
Best Use Practice, Project

Author’s Notes

Benefits

This activity allows students to feel they are creating something original. Despite the creative aspects involved, students are made to talk about science in a precise manner, and are challenging themselves to look for information. Students review and assess each others work, providing them with a broader view of possible applications not only for their element but for those done by other class members.

Challenges

This activity is something that will typically span the bulk of a semester. Lots of feedback is required, therefore providing students sufficient time to digest information and apply suggestions is key. A great deal of time is required for true learning and interacting to occur.

Tips

It can be helpful for the instructor to _â__seed_â__ the discussion. Once the first heroes are posted, the instructor can post some pertinent comments to get the discussion going. These comments subsequently act as a template for student comments with the aim of generating a deeper discussion.

Activity Pedagogical Components

Research

INDIVIDUALLY, students select an element from the periodic table and research its physical characteristics. They then create a character that manifests three of the element’s physical properties. This preliminary work is posted into an online collaborative platform.

Peer Review

INDIVIDUALLY, students analyze/comment on the work posted by their peers and make suggestions for improvement.

Revision

INDIVIDUALLY, students analyze comments made by their peers . They modify their work, taking the other students’ suggestions into account.

Revision

INDIVIDUALLY, students elaborate on their previous work by preparing a story based on their superhero and his or her chemistry-inspired traits. They then submit their work to the instructor to receive feedback.

Revision

INDIVIDUALLY, students address instructor__â___s comments and resubmit final version of their creative piece.

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