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A great effervescence of educational proposals, recreational type mainly, about the topic of the chemical elements and their periodic classification has arisen in the literature in recent years. This article is the first in a series of two in which we make a review of the main bibliographical sources in the literature about the use of games in teaching and learning this subject. The different proposals are categorized into two groups, depending on the tackled content. In this first part we review the background around to the students familiarization with the names and symbols of chemical elements and their place in the periodic table. The review of elaborated proposals that help to understand more complex aspects related to the nature, the foundations and the applications of the periodic table have been left for the second part. © Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Source


Franco-Mariscal A.J.,IES Juan Ramon Jimenez | Franco-Mariscal A.J.,University of Malaga
Journal of Chemical Education | Year: 2015

This paper presents a project about the chemical elements made by 15-year-old Spanish high school students of Chemistry. It focuses on contex-based teaching combined with the advantages of creating a large mural which subsequently is exposed in the school. The project consisted of researching the chemical elements in the different materials that make up a car, identifying the uses of some chemical elements in daily life, and remembering the names and symbols of the elements. Students' response to the activity was evaluated through a survey in which progress can be seen in the pupils' knowledge regarding the names, symbols, and uses of the chemical elements in daily life. An additional attitudes' survey showed that students had enjoyed the project and the task had helped them understand how chemical elements are used to create materials. © 2015 The American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc. Source


Franco-Mariscal A.J.,IES Juan Ramon Jimenez | Cano-Iglesias M.J.,University of Malaga
Journal of Chemical Education | Year: 2011

A puzzle for high school students about the most important bones of the human body and the chemical elements is presented in this article. This puzzle uses the chemical symbols to spell the names of 35 bones. Underlined spaces and the names of the elements serve as clues. To solve the puzzle, pupils must find the symbols that correspond to the elemental names and rearrange them into the bones names. © 2011 The American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc. Source


This paper presents the educational game entitled "Chemistry in 2014 Brazil World Cup", designed from the Science-Technology-Society (STS) approach and scientific literacy with the aim of teaching the Periodic Table to high school students (15-16 years). Students should solve different tasks related to this topic to win the competition. The results obtained in the evaluation of the game show their educational value not only to produce motivation and interest among students, but also some progress in the learning of chemistry. This shows that the use of recreational activities could be a viable alternative in the classroom. © Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Source


This is the second part of a broader investigation dedicated to review the background in the literature about the role of educational games in teaching and learning in the topic of chemical elements and periodic classification. The first part analyzed those proposals aimed to the familiarization of the students with the Periodic Table, through the memorization of the names and their corresponding symbols ("the games in the service of the knowledge of the Periodic Table"). In its second part, we review studies that emphasize on helping students to conceptualize, understand and apply even some aspects in depth related to this subject ("the games in the service of understanding of the Periodic Table"). © Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Source

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