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I am a homeschooling mom looking for ideas on teaching The Periodic Table of Elements. My son is in 8th grade, but very advanced. I'm looking to help make it fun and help him memorize the table.

Jan 1, 2017 9:30am

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    • Jan 5, 2017 7:33pm

      Memorizing the Periodic Table might not be very useful, but practicing chemistry would! In turn, your son will inevitably be able to start identifying elements and their properties. I suggest subscribing to MEL's Chemistry. It is a monthly subscription that is AMAZING! The supplies are delivered to your home from the UK and each month you receive 2 experiments that are really exciting for students. We love our kits when they arrive and now my son is reading molecular formulas (he is 11) based on the Atomic symbols.

      • Jan 6, 2017 3:09pm

        I agree with Jen that application is generally much more impactful when compared to memorization. How about activities that will allow him to explore the similarities of elements within a group, family, or a period? This would provide a useful foundation for high school chemistry.

        • Jan 15, 2017 12:09am

          Hi Holli.. I came across a nice site to learn science. https://phet.colorado.edu/

          It has some interesting simulations. There is one called Build an atom. I guess your son may like it. Hope it helps.
          regards