How to Identify Alkaline Metals, Alkaline Earth Metals, and Transition Metals

The elements in Group 2 are called the alkaline earth metals. They have 2 electrons in their outermost shell. They have good metallic properties including conductivity, luster (shine), softness, malleability and ductility – although they are less "metallic" than the elements in Group 1.

The alkaline earth metals are: beryllium (Be), magnesium (Mg), calcium (Ca), strontium (Sr), barium (Ba) and radium (Ra). Magnesium and calcium are common in the Earth's crust.