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Periodic Table

How often do you study elements in chemistry class? Only periodically?

Want to learn more about this centerpiece of chemistry? Take your pick from this collection of links about elements and the periodic table! Build an element ball, solve periodic puzzles, and check out some of the most unusual periodic tables you’ve ever seen.

Stay connected with events during 2019’s International Year of the Periodic Table with information at the IYPT home page and the ACS IYPT page.

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  • The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements
    See recreations of element discoveries acted out in this PBS series, with bonus teacher materials.
  • Connecting Black Panther's Vibranium to the Periodic Table
    Where would you put this fictional element? And more importantly, why?
  • Elemental Haiku
    1 element. 17 syllables. 5 lines.
  • Element Ball Project
    This project doesn’t just describe an element—it’s like chemistry art for your classroom! (Plus, learn what an icosahedron is.)
  • Element Brochures
    Sell us on your chosen square of the periodic table and help us learn about it in the process.
  • Periodic Table Windsock Project
    What’s one use of your element? Its atomic number? The answers, my friend, are blowin’ in the wind—of a periodic table windsock, that is.
  • ACS Middle School Chemistry Unit
    Teach the periodic table and bonding with this ready-to-go set of lessons.
  • March Madness Element Activity
    Out of 64 elements, there can be only one winner. Predict who will come out on top in this chemistry-based bracket.

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  • Periodic Table Costumes
    Don’t just study an element—become one! Choose your symbol, grab a cardboard box, and personalize it.
  • Cereal Box Periodic Table
    How would you organize a collection of cereals? Where would your favorite fit?
  • Paint Chip Lab
    A perfect periodic organization activity awaits—at the hardware store. Make your case for your arrangement of colored paint chip samples.
  • Periodic People
    You’ve found a family of secret agents. Use their characteristics to sketch the missing agent.
  • Periodic Plates
    Create a vanity license plate. There’s just one hitch—only element symbols are allowed.
  • Periodic Table Project
    Connect the idea of periodicity to your life. What items will you choose to categorize?
  • Periodic Pasta Table
    Choose an atomic property, then make a spaghetti-fied 3D model to see the trends across the periodic table.

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(all sites accessed July 2017)