This collection supports the release of the new novel by Simon Mayo called Itch. The book, published by Random House Children's Books, is about a boy who loves science, collects elements and discovers a new element. The collection contains a selection of eLibrary resources which can be used to support the teaching of elements and the periodic table.



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This Science upd8 activity focuses on sulphur, which is usually the element fingered for the blame when it comes to pollution. Students research sulphur to get the low down on this "Jekyll and Hyde" chemical; then act out a trial of the suspect element.

Pirates Treasure Mystery

This Science upd8 activity is inspired by the film Pirates of the Caribbean. What are the contents of the treasure chest? What metal is the key made of? What happened to the treasure after decades under the sea?

The Search for Simple Substances

A Nature of Science reader that tells the story of how scientists have searched for some simple substances from which everything else might be made. The story starts with the discovery that fire could help to obtain metals from rocks and ends with Mendeleev’s triumphant discovery of the periodic law and the...

Jewellery Metals

This Catalyst article looks at how jewellery is traditionally made from metals such as gold, silver and platinum because these metals may be found in their native state and are corrosion-resistant.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2011, Volume 22, Issue 2.