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Periodic Table of the Elements: Home

Use this guide as a starting point for learning about the elements of the periodic table.

Dynamic Periodic Table of the Elements

On-Line Encyclopedia

Britannica School is a fantastic tool for when you are researching your element for this chemistry unit. You can do either an intermediate search or an advanced search. You can also look at the "web's best sites" recommendations. Make sure to copy the citation link and paste that into your Noodle Tools projects list for this assignment.

Brain Pop Periodic Table of the Elements Video

Click here or on the image below to watch the short Brain Pop video about the Periodic Table of the Elements. You can also take the self-quiz after viewing to see what you learned.

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Newsela Text Set About Periodic Table

Click here or on the image below to read the articles in the Newsela text set about the periodic table. You will already need to have joined Newsela using any class code to be able to access this.

Featured Books from the AISL Library on This Topic

Sorting the Elements

Explores Elements And Atoms, Rows And Columns, Common Elements, Metals And Nonmetals, And Elements Into Compounds.

The Periodic Table

Basher Science: The Periodic Table, Elements with Style! created and illustrated by Simon Basher, Written by Adrian Dingle: The Periodic Table introduces budding chemists to the world of the elements as it's never been seen before. Designed to resemble popular networking Web sites, the pages of this book feature "homepages" for each of the chemical elements -- complete with witty and informative profiles written by the elements themselves, plus a personally chosen picture.

Dmitri Mendeleyev and the Periodic Table

Grab a Seat at the Periodic Table

Check it out! Shocker facts, word stunners, and bite-sized bits of seriously strange information shake up reading interest in the Shockwave - the exciting new series that serves up the world's most extreme science and history for readers to discover.

The Elements Book

Kids can go on a visual tour of the 118 chemical elements of the periodic table, from argon to zinc, in this one awesome volume packed with incredible images and fascinating facts. Cataloged by type, each element's properties and atomic structure is explained. More than 1,000 full-color photographs showcase the natural forms of each element, as well as a wide range of unexpected everyday objects in which it is found, to make them relevant to a child's world. How does a motorcycle utilize nitrogen? Which element can absorb harmful chemicals in water? Which famous landmark is made of copper? From hydrogen to sodium to nickel, kids will learn fun facts and be amazed. Supporting STEM education initiatives and designed in DK's signature visual style, The Elements Book brings the periodic table to life.


Mercury is the only metal that is a liquid at room temperature. Mercury s chemical symbol is Hg. The Hg comes from the Greek word hydrargyrum, which means liquid silver. Because of its silvery appearance and the way it moves, the metal was also called quicksilver. In fact, the chemical is named for the Roman god, Mercury, who was known for his speed and mobility. Students learn about the sources of mercury and its effects on the environment (coal-buring power plants are responsible for nearly 40 percent of the human-caused mercury emissions in the United States). They learn about mercury s chemical properties and classification as a transition metal. Mercury s place on the periodic table and its subatomic particles are also discussed. Readers will study mercury ions and isotopes. The book also explains the element s applications in thermometers, thermostats, silent wall switches, fluorescent lights, and dental amalgams.


Explores the element of Aluminum and its uses.

The Periodic Table

From gold to oxygen, elements are found throughout the universe. In an effort to understand the relationship between the elements, Dimitri Mendeleev plotted the elements according to each of their atomic weights. He discovered there were groups of elements that had similar properties. Analyzing the layout, he was able to correctly predict elements that had not yet been discovered. His creation, known as the periodic table, has been instrumental to advancements in the field of chemistry.