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.
Learning the Periodic Table of Elements
I must admit that I never memorized the periodic table in public school. 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.
Teaching the Periodic Table of Elements
Start with 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.
Facts About the Periodic Table of Elements
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 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.
Learning The Periodic Table Worksheets
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.
Periodic Table Printable Worksheets
Check out these 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
- Easy Way to Memorize the Periodic Table of Elements
Memorizing the Periodic Table
- The Periodic Table Rap ~ Fun & Resources for the Periodic Table! | Starts at Eight
- Memorize the Periodic Table | Teach Beside Me
Free Periodic Table Worksheets
- 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
- 7 of the Best (FREE) Science Resources for Teaching the Periodic Table in KS3 Chemistry | TeachWire
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
Periodic Table Games Printable
- 21 Fascinating Periodic Table Activities for Chemistry Students of All Ages | We Are Teachers
- 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
Getting to Know The Periodic Table Activity
- Ways To Make Learning The Periodic Table Fun | Awe-filled Homemaker
- A Periodic Table That Tells You How To Use It (Learning Sing) | Kids Crafts
- 7 Ways to Color the Periodic Table: Students Learn Faster and Retain More | CoScine Creative
The Periodic Table Videos
- The Periodic Table: Ferocious Elements *suitable for home teaching* (Video) | STEM Learning
- 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
Periodic Table of Elements Printables
- 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 Chemistry Basics Series: The Periodic Table of the Elements | Serina Gay
- Periodic Table of Elements Cards – Free Printable | Homeschool Creations
Periodic Table of Elements Worksheets
- Periodic Table of Elements Color by Category FREE | ChemKate
- 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
Periodic Table Printables
- 15 Periodic Table Elements Crossword | Learn with Puzzle
- Periodic Table Words – Chemistry Practice Sheet – FREE DOWNLOAD | Morpho Science
- 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
- Printable Periodic Tables (PDF and PNG) | Science Notes
- The Name Game (Getting to Know the Periodic Table) FREE | Biology Roots
- Downloads & Printables designed for students (Periodic Table) | Smart Girl
- Print Periodic Table FREE Worksheets | Easy Teacher Worksheets
- Elements A-Z Poster Freebie – “You Matter” FREE | Kristin Lee Resources
Bible Periodic Table Printable
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!