(06) More about Electrons and Proto-Indo-European Languages

This week we will continue our focus on how electrons define atoms and continue to focus on the beginnings of the vast majority of the Indo-European languages.

THE ELEMENTS Begin reading on page 37 (Yes, you may have read this before. Read it again now that you have thought it through for a week.)  Please bring a pillow case that is plain this week.  (It can have a light color but not a pattern.

Here is a bit more information about the periodic table.

DO NOT RUSH THIS WEEK.  It may look easy.  It may seem like something you can bounce through.  Realize that there is a bit of repetition needed with these games.

Go to this link and watch only this one video.  No seriously.  It is seven minutes and we will be watching others later as we move through the other element families.

Game 1  – Periodic Table Game

Set up a time to work with Ms. ER and at least two others to review the elements and the rules of the game.

Work 1 – Make a Periodic Table Pillowcase

Using pattern Ms. ER made, you will create a pillowcase of the Periodic Table of the Elements.  This is not purely up to your creativity. Read the directions in its entirety before beginning.  This must be done correctly.

Put the pattern inside the inside the pillowcase.  Center it so you can see the black lines through the fabric.  Pin it in place. Use the fabric markers to trace over the squares.  COLOR CODE THE FAMILIES.  Use a Sharpie and write the symbol and its atomic number for each element.

Here is a great link to a periodic table.

Game Two – Quick Six

You may need to actually research for some of the answers.  This is the card game that we played earlier, but Ms. ER has added new cards to it and new clues.

Recall that mass and weight are not the same thing. The atomic mass is listed as the smaller print number right under the atomic number.  It is basically the number of protons and neutrons added together.  Electrons are so small they add almost nothing to the total mass.  The decimal does not mean that there are fractional amounts of protons or neutrons.  Scientists average several atoms of each element and go with that number.  For example if you weigh ten atoms of neon you will get these results:  20,20,20,20,20,21, 20,20, 21,20, the you average these numbers by adding them – go on; do it.  Ok to average you divide by the total number of items you added together – go on; do it. When you get done with your whole numbers, place a decimal point and put tenths and hundredths places after the decimal.  Place the decimal on the quotient line as well.  Bring down the tenth zero and keep dividing. Great.  This quotient is the atomic mass listed for neon.  Most neon atoms have ten protons and ten neutrons, but occasionally it will have ten protons but 11 neutrons.  (Remember, as long as it has ten protons, it’s still neon!)


Continue working through the fifth set of Work Cards.  I’m assuming that you have completed work cards 1 and 2. If you have not please look back in last week’s page for resources and hints. I have moved the information over to this page for your convenience for work cards 5-3 and 5-4.  I did not move the videos about the Hittite civilization.  They are really, really interesting – don’t forget about them.

Card 5-3

Here is the link needed to complete this card.

Card 5-4

Additional Research I – set the timer for 15 minutes and poke around this website to see what you can find out about the original people who provided us with the root of our language.

Additional Research II – set the timer for 15 minutes and poke around this website to see what you can find out about language groups.

To complete cards 5-4a and b you need this PDF – Language Family Tree 5-4.

Additional Research III – The ancient civilization brought us the oldest words. This is the discussion of the Indus Valley Civilization – one of the most recently discovered and under valued.  The Mohendjardo and Harappa were the primary cities.


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