Students tweeted out their favorite fun fact as we met everyone and got comfortable with each other today.
Students thoroughly enjoyed creating their name in the element symbols. They each picked their fav fun fact to share with the class.
We found each element using the atomic number....this is the classes first experience finding elements and pronouncing the names.
I know that they're figuring out some basic organizational features of the periodic table informally...and I think it will help them in a month when we start our pre-chemistry unit.
Great way to get to know each other, to have some good transition time from summer vacation into the more academically demanding tasks of school.
Plus I had ample time to walk around and visit with almost everyone. I really believe that it is a good thing to build relationships with students on those first couple of days in class instead of going over the syllabus and rules (we did that on the 3rd day :-} )