Ch 7: The Representative Elements of the Periodic Table: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Representative Elements of the Periodic Table unit of this High School Chemistry Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about representative elements on the periodic table. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our High School Chemistry Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the representative elements. There is no faster or easier way to learn about representative elements. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn alkali metals, alkaline earths, chalcogens, and halogens.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a chemistry curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a representative elements unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Representative Elements of the Periodic Table Unit Objectives:

  • Learn the definition of a representative element.
  • Discover the properties of alkali metals.
  • Read about types of alkaline earth elements.
  • Compare the characteristics of different groups of elements.
  • Study the traits of chalcogens.
  • Explore the kinds of halogens.
  • Watch videos about noble gases.

9 Lessons in Chapter 7: The Representative Elements of the Periodic Table: Homeschool Curriculum
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Representative Elements of the Periodic Table: Definition & Overview

1. Representative Elements of the Periodic Table: Definition & Overview

You might not think salt and a banana have much in common, but they do! The periodic table organizes elements into groups based on similar properties. This video will explore the representative elements, focusing on each group or family.

Alkali Metals (Group 1A Elements): Definition & Properties

2. Alkali Metals (Group 1A Elements): Definition & Properties

Elements that can explode when put into water? Metals that can be cut with a knife? These are just some of the properties alkali metals share. This video will describe more properties and give some uses of these interesting metals.

Alkaline Earths (Group 2A Elements): Definition & Properties

3. Alkaline Earths (Group 2A Elements): Definition & Properties

Alkaline earth metals can be found running through your blood... and in nuclear fallout! This lesson will examine properties they share and look at how they impact your health.

Group 3A Elements: Definition & Properties

4. Group 3A Elements: Definition & Properties

The Group 3A elements don't have a whole lot in common, so we'll examine their unique characteristics in addition to their similarities. This video will explore the properties and uses of elements in this group.

Group 4A Elements: Definition & Properties

5. Group 4A Elements: Definition & Properties

From computer chips to diamonds, you can find some of the group 4A elements everywhere you look! This lesson will examine properties group 4A shares and will list some of the uses of these elements.

Group 5A Elements: Definition & Properties

6. Group 5A Elements: Definition & Properties

The group 5A elements aren't as recognizable as other elements on the periodic table, but they are important nonetheless. This lesson will examine properties they share and will give some examples of why this group is so important.

Chalcogens (Group 6A Elements): Definition & Properties

7. Chalcogens (Group 6A Elements): Definition & Properties

Some can kill you, some are useful, and one is vital to your survival. Welcome to the chalcogens! This lesson will list common properties, and will then share some uses and characteristics of these diverse Group 6A elements.

Halogens (Group 7A Elements): Definition & Properties

8. Halogens (Group 7A Elements): Definition & Properties

The halogens are a group of non-metals that share several properties. This lesson will examine these properties and will also look at the many uses of these group 7A elements.

Noble Gases (Group 8A Elements): Definition & Properties

9. Noble Gases (Group 8A Elements): Definition & Properties

The noble gases are an inert group of elements with some fun and fascinating uses. This lesson will explore the properties that the noble gases share and will look at some of their uses.

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