Periodic Table and alkali metals

The resources in this list cover the periodic table and alkali metals.

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Interactive Periodic Table

This is a nice interactive resource that enables students to practice what they have learned about elements and the periodic table. Information is given on an unknown element which is then identified from the chemical and physical properties and the electronic configuration. Students then need to place the element in the correct place in the table by clicking on the appropriate box. There are a few minor typographical errors in the configurations but these are not so many as to spoil the resource and students could be challenged to "spot the mistakes".

publication year
2000 - 2009

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I Am a Star *suitable for home teaching*

An interesting activity which puts elements into a human context by allowing students to calculate their elemental composition. The resource contains a spreadsheet allowing students to input their body mass and associated student notes and background information for teachers. Could be usefully used to generate interest in the variety of the chemical elements and their origins at the start of a module on the periodic table.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Elemental Su Doku *suitable for home teaching*

This activity aimed at AGT students contains several quizzes based on Su Doku which develop students knowledge of the layout of the periodic table and the elements within particular groups. Best used as an enrichments activity to maintain the interest of particularly able students.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Discovering new elements *suitable for home teaching*

Students often ask "How many elements are there?" . This article on the discovery of new elements provides a partial answer to the question and is taken from the February 2016 edition of Catalyst.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Dimitri Mendeleev and the periodic pattern *suitable for home teaching*

This article from the April 2016 edition of Catalyst looks at the genius of Mendeleev in realising the power of the periodic table in predicting the existence of then unknown elements. This emphasises the periodic table as a predictive tool rather than simply a list of elements.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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The Periodic Table

This is a rich resource of information on the development of the periodic table, from Lavoisier through Dobereiner and Newlands to Mendeleev and the present day. It could prove useful as a resource for project work with teacher direction and also as a source of background anecdotes and information to inform lesson planning.

publication year
1960 - 1969

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The Periodic Table: Ferocious Elements *suitable for home teaching*

This is a nice video clip lasting about 15 minutes which surveys the properties and some reactions of group 1 and group 7 elements and contrasts their reactivity with elements such as silver, copper and gold. This might be a nice clip to show at the start of a section on group chemistry to whet the appetite of the students for the exciting things to come.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Alkali Metals *suitable for home teaching*

A short clip showing the reaction of each of the alkali metals with water, culminating with the very dramatic reaction of caesium. A sequence students never seem to tire of watching.

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Tales From the Prep Room: Alkali Metals

This video clip shows an interesting, if perhaps somewhat quirky way of demonstrating the reactivity of the alkali metals including some background discussion. 

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Lithium

One of a series of clips on the Group 1 elements, each telling a story about a little know aspect of the particular element. The clips are 2 to 3 minutes each and could be used as a starter to invoke interest, or sprinkled throughout a lesson on Group 1 chemistry as "seasoning".

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Sodium

One of a series of clips on the Group 1 elements, each telling a story about a little know aspect of the particular element. The clips are 2 to 3 minutes each and could be used as a starter to invoke interest, or sprinkled throughout a lesson on Group 1 chemistry as "seasoning".

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Potassium

One of a series of clips on the Group 1 elements, each telling a story about a little know aspect of the particular element. The clips are 2 to 3 minutes each and could be used as a starter to invoke interest, or sprinkled throughout a lesson on Group 1 chemistry as "seasoning".

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Caesium

One of a series of clips on the Group 1 elements, each telling a story about a little know aspect of the particular element. The clips are 2 to 3 minutes each and could be used as a starter to invoke interest, or sprinkled throughout a lesson on Group 1 chemistry as "seasoning".

publication year
2010 to 2019

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Revising the Periodic Table *suitable for home teaching*

This activity from the Royal Society of Chemistry provides a revision activity that might prove useful at the end of a module on the periodic table. The resource contains teacher notes and activity sheets for the students.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Demonstrating Chemistry: Exciting Elements

This video is a "how to do it" video for many of the reactions of alkali metals and halogens that are featured in other resources in these two lists. The video was produced for Teachers' TV with input from the RSC, CLEAPSS and the University of Leicester and gives suggested approaches for demonstrating these reactions.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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