Periodic Table of Elements
This year, we’re adding in a study of the Periodic Table of Elements, and I thought maybe it might be helpful for me to share the (very cheap or completely FREE!) resources that we’re using in order to do this.
First, we needed a chart for the wall. Something larger than I can print out on an 8.5×11 sheet of paper. So I ran off to Amazon, and found a place-mat (large and laminated, already!) for $6(ish) dollars. That’s not bad at all! And it’s the only thing I’m paying for, so there’s that added bonus! You can find it here: Periodic Placemat on Amazon
Then we downloaded all of the TED lessons on periodic elements. They’re free… I’m noticing that all of the free resources that I find are British, and anything American is costly. Makes one pause at the thought…! Anyhow, the lessons are found here: TED Element videos
Next up, a worksheet for printing out the elements and information about them (what they can do, what they’re used for, who discovered them, etc.) There’s a lovely worksheet free on-line for that, too, by blessedlearners.com. It’s found here: https://app.box.com/s/m3gvku3mqt3vm34p6pwa
The next thing would be flashcards – to test the kids on their knowledge as we go along (and to post as we learn them, as I’m wont to do). I found a free, lovely set here (pages 5-16): Periodic Element Flashcards
They are offered by Ellen McHenry, who took things one brilliant step further, and created a game to be played with the flashcards, too. The game instructions are at the beginning of the flashcard .pdf, or on her site, here: Quick Six Game
We aren’t going to do this one, but if you’re into steampunk or jewelry or just kewl things, there’s also a periodic table cuff available. You might like to take a look at it: https://www.etsy.com/listing/176142638/periodic-table-of-elements-gold-plated Kind of fun, isn’t it?
Anyhow, so there are some really good links to help the homeschooling mom to tackle the elements!