Periodic Table of Elements Reading Activity

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Grade Levels
5th - 7th, Homeschool
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18 plus 2 copies of the periodic table and an answer key
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Teach your students about the periodic table of elements through these seven science texts. Students will understand simple substances, Dimitri Mendeleev, chemical symbols, the periodic table of elements, families of the periodic table, metals, metalloids, and nonmetals. Also included is a student-friendly version of the periodic table in color and black and white. Students will learn about elements and how the table is organized. This activity is perfect when introducing or reviewing the material. In addition, it can be used as a homework assignment to gauge independent comprehension.

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Students will learn:

  • What elements are
  • Dimitri Mendeleev, the first scientist to organize the periodic table of elements
  • Chemical symbols - how to read and write them
  • Periodic table of elements - how it is organized, how to read periods and groups, finding elements, knowing that elements near each other share similar properties
  • Families of the periodic table: Students will learn about the characteristics of each family group on the periodic table, including alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, transition metals, mixed metals, halogens, and noble gases
  • Metals - similarities and characteristics of metals
  • Metalloids and nonmetals - similar properties and nonmetal families, including the carbon family, nitrogen family, halogen family, the oxygen family, noble gases, and hydrogen.

This lesson includes:

  • Sneak peek into my classroom: A summary of how I use this in my classroom.
  • Eighteen printable student worksheets to assess understanding of:
    • Simple substances
    • Chemical symbols
    • Dimitri Mendeleev
    • Periodic table of elements
    • Families of the periodic table
    • Metals
    • Metalloids and nonmetals

  • Student-friendly version of the periodic table in both color and black and white
  • Answer key

How to use this activity in your classroom:

  • An introduction to the periodic table
  • Science station activity
  • Review activities
  • Homework assignment
  • Sub plans
  • Enrichment for fast finishers
  • Reinforcement for students

Feedback from teachers:

  • This is a great packet to review the periodic table of the elements! This can be used to help students prepare for state testing. Thank you!
  • This is a great introduction to the Periodic Table. The reading material is a good level for middle school, and it clearly introduces what the table is/does. Thanks for the quality product!
  • It can be used for interventions or additional resources for our chemistry unit.
  • This was a great activity to help students with learning disabilities implement reading into the curriculum.
  • This resource made teaching elements and the periodic table so much easier for my students to understand! Thank you!

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18 plus 2 copies of the periodic table and an answer key
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
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