With 118 elements to memorize, a name, and a unique letter symbol, there is no wonder that the periodic table is intimidating to most kids – and adults. These free printables and resources about the periodic table can help you teach the elements in ways that will stick.
I must admit that I never memorized the periodic table in public school. Going to school wasn’t a priority, so I just didn’t pay attention or attend class long enough. I was definitely a truant.
Many things I am teaching my children now are new to me as well. When I began thinking about teaching the elements of the periodic table I didn’t really know where to start.
My daughter is studious and would do just fine memorizing the elements with worksheets, a wall chart, and reading materials.
My son, on the other hand, will need more help than that. He does well with hands-on lessons, music, and activity. How in the world do we incorporate these things into the periodic table?
Thank the Lord for the internet and access to various ways to gear our lessons to our children’s learning styles. They don’t have to fall behind, but we can take the time we need for them to truly understand what they are being taught. The audacity of homeschooling!
I will start first as I did with my daughter – explaining what the periodic table is and why we need it is the best way to start. “Why” is a question we should always explain to our kids.
Even if it is just an answer like “We need this to move on to the next step.” Understanding the “why,” is always a win when it comes to learning challenging subjects.
The periodic table is important because it is organized to provide loads of information about elements in our world. It explains how they relate to one another in one easy-to-use reference.
It also can be used to predict the properties of different elements, and even those that have not yet been discovered.
When Russian chemist Dimitri Mendeleev started developing the periodic table, he arranged the chemical elements by atomic mass. He knew there would be more elements, so you made the table in a way that allowed for new ones to be added. He left spaces open for them.
A lesson along the way
We can learn some cool facts about the periodic table. That always catches my kids’ attention. They probably remember the cool facts more than they need to, but it’s still learning. Count it all as learning.
- J (My first initial!) is the only letter that is NOT found in the periodic table
- Mendeleyev was known as a lover of card games. So, it makes sense that he wrote the weight of each element on a separate index card. Then he sorted them as they would be organized in a game of solitaire.
- Since he left open spaces on the table, he was able to predict the weights of future undiscovered chemicals like gallium, scandium, and germanium.
- The International Union of Pure Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) maintains the updates for the periodic table. The latest update was made just in December 2018.
- There are 118 elements in the periodic table today, but only 90 are commonly found in nature, the other elements are synthetically made.
- 113, 115, 117, and 118 were introduced in 2016. These elements were named nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og).
- 75% of the elements are metals.
- Einsteinium is named after Albert Einstein
- Uranium was named shortly after Uranus was discovered in our solar system.
I have gathered some totally free resources (except one) for your homeschool. Use them to find out even more cool information and to learn about the periodic table of elements.
Recommended Resource: Periodic Table of Elements: Fact Cards and Cheat Sheets
Could you use an easy, no-prep way to drill and review the periodic table? Explore the world of elements with this Periodic Table of the Elements: Fact Cards and Cheat Sheets set.
Explore these free printables and resources about the periodic table below.
Free resources to teach and learn about the periodic table:
FREE Periodic Table of Elements Science Unit Study | Mom for all Seasons
Making the Periodic Table of Elements Fun For Your Students | Samson’s Shoppe
The Periodic Table Rap ~ Fun & Resources for the Periodic Table! | Starts at Eight
Memorize the Periodic Table | Teach Beside Me
Learn the Periodic Table of the Elements with Fun Resources | Encouraging Moms at Home
10 Cool Ways to Study the Periodic Table in Homeschool | Great Peace Academy
How to Memorize the Periodic Table | Adventures in Mommydom
5 Ways to Introduce the Periodic Table of Elements | Royal Baloo
How to Memorize the Periodic Table Painlessly | Family Style Schooling
Periodic Table Unit Study and FREE Lapbook | Homeschool Share
Fun facts about the periodic table:
10 Periodic Table Facts | ThoughtCo.
Periodic Table | Science4Fun
10 Fun Facts About the Periodic Table of Elements | STEAM Daily
15 Fun and Surprising Facts About the Periodic Table of Elements | Interesting Engineering
Activity and games to discover more about the periodic table:
Fun Periodic Table Learning with Atomidoodles | Blessed Learners
Activities, Games and Worksheets for learning the Periodic Table | Homeschooling-Ideas
Activities & Resources For Learning About The Periodic Table | My Joy-Filled Life
Periodic Table Game for Kids: Periodic Table Battleship | Teach Beside Me
Ways To Make Learning The Periodic Table Fun | Awe-filled Homemaker
7 Ways to Color the Periodic Table: Students Learn Faster and Retain More | CoScine Creative
Videos to help visual learners with the periodic table:
Periodic Table (Video) Explained | Lincoln Learning solution
The Periodic Table Song for Kids (2019 Update!) | Kids Learning Tube
(Video) How do elements get on the periodic table? | Science News
How To Memorize The Periodic Table – Easiest Way Possible (Video 1) | Memorize Academy
Free printables about the periodic table:
Periodic Table of Elements Cards – FREE Printable | Homeschool Creations
FREE Periodic Table Scavenger Hunt Worksheet | Science Notes
Atomic Number Review FREE Activity | Samson’s Shoppe
FREE Color and Learn About the Periodic Table | Layers-of-Learning
How to Read the Periodic Table FREE Worksheet | Education.com
FREE Printable Periodic Table: Legal Size and 2-page Landscape Size | Science With Mrs Lau
FREE Chemistry IUPAC Periodic Table | Keystone Science
Periodic Table Flash Cards FREE | STEMSheets
FREE Coloring Pages from The Periodic Table of Elements Coloring Book | Unusual Outbursts of a Scientific Mind
15 Periodic Table Elements Crossword | Learn with Puzzle
Periodic Table Words – Chemistry Practice Sheet – FREE DOWNLOAD | Morpho Science
FREEBIE! Crystal Clear, Printable Periodic Table in Legal Size and 2 page Landscape Size | Science with Mrs. Lau
The periodic table in pictures for kids FREE printable | The Exploration Station
FREE Printable Periodic Tables (PDF and PNG) | Science Notes
The Name Game (Getting to Know the Periodic Table) FREE | Biology Roots
Print Periodic Table FREE Worksheets | Easy Teacher Worksheets
Elements A-Z Poster Freebie – “You Matter” FREE | Kristin Lee Resources
This activity is fun as it brings Bible learning to your periodic table lessons.
(This is Adorable) The Bible Periodic Table | My Cup Over Flows
Yes, and even in chemistry, the Bible can be taught and explained. How cool!
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!