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.
- IUPAC Periodic Table of Elements
Get the latest table straight from the source—IUPAC.
- National Periodic Table Day
2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table, but no matter the year, you can always celebrate on February 7. Learn why!
- TED-Ed and Periodic Videos
One table. 118 videos. 118 lessons. Better get started.
- 112 Cartoon Elements
Love comics? This collection of element drawings is for you. Meet this collection of elemental characters.
- The Elements
Periodic table samples as far as the eye can see! Theo Gray’s collection of images will pull you in.
- International Year of Chemistry Periodic Table Project
It’s a mural! It’s an app! It’s a poster! It’s… element tiles created by chemistry students and enthusiasts. Find your favorite.
- International Year of the Periodic Table Timeline of Elements
26 different countries are coming together to complete this new international project—watch for its release in 2019!
- Periodic Table Database
Periodic table alert! Spiral ones. 3-dimensional ones. Really old ones. Even non-chemical ones. (Ever heard of a “smellelement”?)
- Not All Periodic Tables Are the Same?
Periodic Table Websites and Apps—An Update
How many periodic table apps should you have on your tablet? Don’t limit yourself! Take a look at these choices.
- The Wooden Periodic Table Table
That’s not a misprint. It’s a periodic table… table. Picture doing your chemistry homework on this.
- Periodic Picnic Table
You can multi-task—eat lunch while you study the elements.
- Printable Periodic Tables
Sometimes you just need a paper copy! Choose from this lineup of printable tables, whether you’re looking for plain old data or illustrated.
- The Photographic Periodic Table of the Elements
This table is a feast for the eyes, with photos of samples and scientists.
- Chemicool Periodic Table
This online periodic table labels itself “cooler than absolute zero!” Take a look and see if you agree.
- 8 Odd Periodic Tables (and then lots more)
First on the list is the Periodic Table of the Elephants. We think #2 will surprise you.
- QR-Coded Audio Periodic Table
Listen and learn on the go. Pick an element, scan, and see what this table has to tell you.
- An Elemental Garden
Take a virtual walk through a sculptor’s vision of the periodic table, as she meshes art and science.
- It's Elemental: The Periodic Table
89 elemental essays take you deep into the periodic table. Click on an element to get started.
- Lego Periodic Table
LEGO lovers might rate this their #1 periodic table. Each LEGO creation represents its element’s square in some way.
- Periodic Table Printmaking Project
It’s an explosion of elemental artwork by 97 printmakers.
- Periodic Table Ceiling
Look up! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… a periodic table.
- Periodic Table in Pictures and Words
Quick! What’s a common use for boron? Where would you find antimony in your car? Find the answers at a glance in this periodic table.
- The Periodic Table Abuse Project
Use it, don’t abuse it. This chemist catalogs some of what’s out there.
- Macramé Periodic Table of Elements
If you thought you were dedicated to the periodic table, check out this labor of chemistry love.
- 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.
- 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.
- Reviewing the Periodic Table Using Mystery Puzzles
Decipher your element code to find where a disastrous substance has been hidden away, before time runs out!
- Periodic Table Battleship
Printable Battleship Handouts
You sank my… elements? Get familiar with the periodic table when you turn it into the game board for this classic game.
- Periodic Table Bingo
BINGO! BINGO! Sorry, got carried away. You will too, as you learn about elements using this classic game with a periodic table twist.
- Periodic Table Game
It’s a game, but a review at the same time—valence numbers, element symbols, and more.
- Martian Periodic Table
These fictitious elements need to go into their proper places. Can you help using the clues provided?
- An Elemental Tale
“The Gold Dust Kid” is in his element as he races off to rob the stagecoach. Fill in the blanks to tell the rest of the story.
- Element Riddles
Caution! Element pun overload. (But, come on, you know you want to click anyway.)
- The Best Anagram Ever, and Other Silly Periodic Table Games
The world record was unofficial, but still impressive. Check out the fast feat—118 symbols long.
(all sites accessed July 2017)