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Author:Karen Perry
System: Cullman City
School: Cullman High School
Lesson Plan ID: 26293

"Electron"-ic Battleship


The students will play a game of Battleship on the Periodic Table to review electron configuration of the elements.

This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.

Content Standard(s):
SC(9-12) Chemistry3. Use the periodic table to identify periodic trends, including atomic radii, ionization energy, electronegativity, and energy levels.
Local/National Standards:

National Science Education Standards (NSES)-

Content Standard B:

As a result of their activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop an understanding

  • Structure of atoms

  • Structure and properties of matter

  • Chemical reactions

  • Motions and Forces

  • Conservation of energy and increase indisorder

  • Interactions of energy and matter

Primary Learning Objective(s):

The students will provide the electron configuration of elements on the periodic table. The students will be able to relate the electron configuration to the location of the element on the periodic table and the quantum model of the atom.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

The students will hypothesize an explanation for the electron configuration deviations of some elements found in the 4th period and higher on the Periodic Table.

Approximate Duration of the Lesson: 31 to 60 Minutes
Materials and Equipment:

Periodic Tables


Wooden Buttons(from a craft store)

Technology Resources Needed:


Interactive white board


Teacher will need to divide the students into cooperative learning partnerships.

Teachers will need to make enough Periodic Tables for all students. (A printable version of the Periodic Table can be found at   )

Teacher will need to print the post activity quiz from the site listed in the assessment region and make copies for all students.

Students will need a basic understanding of the quantum model of the atom, Aufbau Principle, Periodic Table and electron configuration.


1. The teacher will use the following sites to review electron configuration of the atom.

2. The students will move into their cooperative learning partnerships and use the "Electron"-ic Battleship activity instructions found in the attachment to begin reviewing.

3. The teacher will move throughout the room as the activity occurs acting as a facilitator. 

4. As the cooperative learning partnership completes the activity, they will begin the post activity quiz individually.


Attachments:**Some files will display in a new window. Others will prompt you to download. ElectronConfigurationTutorial.ppt
Assessment Strategies:

The students will take a post activity quiz on electron configuration. (The quiz can be printed from the following site )


Students will go to the site that follows and perform the activity related to various elements behavior within a magnetic field.  The students will write the electron configuration for each element locating the electron region that produces the diamagnetic or paramagnetic behavior.


Students that need additional help may use the Electon Configuration Tutorial presentation posted in attachments.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

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Attention Using Groups and Peers
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