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Science Elements Match-Up Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 7 pages | Grades: 6 - 7

A set of 30 match-up cards to practice working with elements and compounds.

Looking for a more active way to practice matching chemical symbols and formulas with their corresponding elements and compounds? Then this is the resource for you!

Print out the cards on cardstock and cut them out along the dotted lines. Store in a resealable bag to be used again and again, year after year. A periodic table has been included in the download for your students to reference if you choose.

Ways to Use This Resource in Your Classroom:

  • For an individual activity, have your students match the elements and compounds with their corresponding chemical symbols and formulas. It makes for a great Science station activity in your classroom.
  • For a partner or group activity, have your students play a game of “Memory”. Place the cards face down in the middle of the playing area. Player 1 flips over two cards. If they match, the player keeps the cards. If they do not match, the player turns them both face down in their original location. Play continues until there are no more cards in the playing area. The player with the most cards wins!
  • For a whole-class activity, use the cards as a Scoot game! Pull out one card from each match and hang these cards around the room. Have your students rotate through the cards, individually or with a partner, writing down the element/compound or chemical symbol/formula (depending on which card they are looking at) on their recording sheet.

Use the drop-down menu to choose between the PDF or Google slides version.


This resource was created by Gaby Perez, a teacher in Texas and a Teach Starter Collaborator.

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