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o DNA and RNA
o Mitosis and Meiosis
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o The Study of Matter
o The Atom
o The Periodic Table
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o Water and Its Solutions
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o Nuclear Chemistry
Activities Labs Links National Standards
Find just about any type of periodic table you want in pdf form to
print for your students at TheScience Geek's site.
Have students do the "Periodic Table" Magic Square. An check out
"Finding the Moment of Inertia for the Magic Square" to delve
into the theory of magic squares.
Try these Metal and Nonmetal Wordsearches.
Do the "Getting to Know the Periodic Table" Worksheet.
Have students make an "Element Brochure."
Use the periodic table to make "Element Windsocks."
Do this "Periodic Table Basics" Worksheet .
Use this template to make "Periodic Table Cards" of the common
Have students do this "Periodic Table" Crossword Puzzle .
Play "Elements Bingo" by randomly selecting elements from a paper
copy of the periodic table, randomly selecting an element and
calling out the name of the element while crossing it off the
periodic table. Students mark the symbol of that element on their
bingo cards . (This file has 36 prefilled cards.)
Play Tom Lehrer's "The Elements" song or show this Flash
animation of the song by Mike Stanfill.
Try this Discovery School "Science Hits" activity where students
will listen to a recording of “The Elements” by Tom Lehrer (1960)
and write their own song for recalling scientific information.
Abigail Freiberger provided this "Martian Periodic Table" activity
using this table.
"Arsenic and Old Lace: The Chemistry Connection" is a WebQuest
that uses the old movie and has different students in a group act as
chemist, doctor, historian, and reporter to produce a video for the
class. An evaluation rubric is included.
Do this "Elements" crossword puzzle with answers.
Or have students do this "Elements and the Periodic Table"
Try this "Periodic Tables Online" activity.
"The Periodic Table of Elements" is Teacher's Domain (you must
sign up for free) activity that includes an essay and scavenger hunt.
Make learning the element symbols fun with "An Elemental Tale:
The Gold Dust Kid" worksheet.
Or try these "Element Riddles."
In "Element Clues" students place "known" element cards
(included) in the order of the periodic table and then figure out the
identity of the "unknown" element cards by their properties.
Show The World of Chemistry video, "A State of Matter," and have
students answer the questions on this "World of Chemistry: The
Periodic Table" worksheet.
"The Universal Periodic Table " includes a teacher demonstration
and a middle school student activity that involves helping alien
scientists design a periodic table for their elements. The student
activity sheet, blank periodic table, and answers are provided.
"Elliot's Elements Webquest" includes resources, evaluation rubrics,
and teacher notes.
Try M. Horton's "Element Hunt Project" where students collect as
many pure elements as they can aruond the home and create a
poster with them.
In the game Castle Mendeleev students explore the 18-room castle
where each room in entirely made of one of the elements in the
first three rows of the periodic table. Colleen Bennett of the
NSTA Listserve supplied these teacher notes with the answers
and, since the game is no longer online, I compiled this file of the
game and this worksheet with a crossword puzzle.
This "Elements Database" has links to information about all the
elements as well as a hangman game for the elements. Or try this
"Periodic Table Quiz."
In Mike Barondeau's "Periodic Chart Spreadsheet" activity,
student's manipulate this spreadsheet to answer questions about
Show this PowerPoint "Teacher's Guide to: Chemistry's Periodic
Table" that has been converted to a YouTube video.
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Test seven elements of your choice to determine if they are
"Metals, Nonmetals, or Metaloids" in this Lab.
Have students cut out the element cards and discover the 9
unknown elements in "The Mendeleev Lab of 1869."
Discover "Trends in the Periodic Table" with this Lab.
Or try this "Periodic Trends" lab.
Do "Density As a Periodic Trend" Lab.
Similar to the "Martian Periodic Table" activity, "The Alien Periodic
Table Challenge," is a bit more creative. I have included a
periodic table chart and these are the answers supplied by
someone from "WIKI Answers" . After the lab, follow-up with
this "Alien Periodic Table Analysis" using this PowerPoint .
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Good printable periodic tables and an editable table in Excel:
An interactive periodic table simulation:
Mousing over each element in this periodic table shows a picture of
a product the element is found in:
A periodic table challenge game:
Clicking on any element in this periodic table gives information about
the element: http://www.chemicool.com/
Large library of informtion about the periodic table:
An interactive periodic table with QuickTime movies for some of
the elements: http://www.webelements.com/
About Mendeleev: http://www.chem.msu.su/eng/misc/mendeleev/
Features Java Applets of the periodic table:
Electrons and the periodic table: http://glencoe.mcgraw-
The Periodic Table of Comic Books:
"The Visual Elements Periodic Table" is another good interactive
table (requires Flash):
"The Wooden Periodic Table" Table includes pictures, sounds,
videos, and more:
American Elements has a periodic table with links to information
about the elements the company sells:
Check out videos about each element in "The Periodic Table of
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