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8SC - Chemistry for Life: Periodic table

Featured books

We also have many individual books on specific elements. Search the catalogue or browse the shelves.


Atom builder challenge: How are the elements different from one another?



Metals vs Non-metals

Chemistry Now

The National Science Foundation (NSF) joined forces with NBC Learn and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), in 2011, to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry by creating "Chemistry Now"--a weekly, online video series that uncovered and explained the science of common, physical objects in our world and the changes they undergo every day. The series also looked at the lives and work of scientists on the frontiers of the 21st century. Read more...

Online encyclopaedias:

Online encyclopaedias are great for short, concise and correct information. It may be best to access these articles from the Online encyclopaedias page through the Hale portal. Ready made citations are available.

  • Variety of reading levels
  • Quality resources including text, images, videos and ‘Web’s Best Sites’
  • Read aloud facility
  • Size your font up or down
  • Ready-made citation

  • Easy-to-understand articles
  • Built-in research tool
  • Text-to-speech tool can read aloud

Suggested articles include:

There will be specific articles for all elements from Aluminium to Zinc

TWIG World videos

Award winning teaching tools and educational resources for the classroom. Try films, experiments and worksheets matched to your curriculum. Access these through the Portal - Library - Twig videos. Check out this collection of resources for Periodic Table:

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The Periodic Table:

We begin this episode by comparing and contrasting metals with non-metals. We then describe how Dmitri Mendeleev, the scientist who devised the first Periodic Table, organised the elements not just into metals and non-metals but also into groups based on patterns in the way that they chemically react. Finally, we explain how Mendeleev was able to use the Periodic Table to predict the existence of, and many of the properties of, elements that hadn’t at the time been discovered!


The Periodic Table:

This program explores the development and nature of the modern periodic table, atomic structure, valency and ionisation, table groups and radioactivity



Atom Factory:

In this game, you are building molecules of different compounds. Before you can assemble the molecule using the provided formula, you first must build the atoms of the necessary elements, adding the correct number of protons, neutrons and electrons. Be quick because you only have 10 minutes to assemble 8 different compounds and their atoms! Look for opportunities to earn additional time for correctly answering questions.

Tower Puzzle:

Put your thinking caps on and get ready for some rapid-fire questions about atoms, elements, and the properties of the periodic table. The more questions you get right the more chances you have to solve the tower puzzle. You need to disassemble the tower quickly while the ball falls to the platform!

Legends of Learning: Other games are available here

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Suggested videos

Introduction video on the periodic table being explained to chemistry school & science students . The video explains how there are 92 naturally occurring elements, one for each kind of atom, and how they are arranged into a table according to their relative weights.

Reference Generator

It is important to provide evidence of using a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards.

A sample bibliography for 3 resources suggested on this page would look like:

Aldersey-Williams, H 2011, Periodic tales : the curious lives of the elements, Viking, London.

Periodic table 2018. Britannica School. Retrieved 20 November 2018, from

Periodic table 2018, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, accessed 20 November 2018, <>.