GroupPeriod consists of correctly placing the elements in the Three Dimensional Periodic Table of the Elements (3DPT) and gaining points in the process. It is recommended for 3 to 6 players at a time. The higher the number of players the faster the game proceeds. The game is suitable for children 7+ years and their parents/moderators, even though younger children may find it intriguing.
Games are interactive play that teach us goals, rules, adaptation, problem solving, interaction, all represented as a story. They satisfy our fundamental need to learn by providing enjoyment, passionate involvement, structure, motivation, ego gratification, adrenaline, creativity, social interaction and emotion in the game itself while the learning takes place.
There are many advantages of using games in the classroom: Games are a welcome break from the usual routine of class. They are motivating and challenging. Learning the Chemistry alphabet—The Periodic Table of the Elements— requires a great deal of effort, games help students to make and sustain the effort of learning. Games encourage students to interact and communicate.
Peek Sheets contain facts about selected elements. Players are encouraged to state as many facts as they can on their own or they can “take a peek” for up to 30 seconds. Once the 30 seconds are up, players are required to recall as many facts as they can with one point being awarded for each stated fact.
Deck Of Cards
When a player’s turn comes around, s/he chooses a card from the stack and declares the number on the card and symbol of the element. The player must state at least the name of the element in 10 seconds or less. Additional points will be awarded for stating properties of the elements. If the player does not provide any properties of the elements, other players next in line will have an opportunity to identify properties in five seconds or less and gain the points.
The picks representing the elements in the model should be removed from the model and placed in a container prior to game play. Only the first four or five Periods should be used for middle school children and younger. Element picks are placed in their correct position on the 3DPT model once a player successfully states the name of the element in 10 seconds or less, or they can additionally state more properties of the element.