Joely decided she wanted to learn about chemistry this year, so I did some research and purchased Christian Kids Explore Chemistry. We're liking it so far, and she's learning alot.
However, I'm not liking the flashcard method of learning the element names. So I've come up with a different method for her, hopefully one that will be even more effective. And as usual, I couldn't find exactly what I wanted online, so I made up my own and I'm making it available to my readers as a free download.
About the Worksheet Set
The set of worksheets includes a printable, color-coded periodic table of the elements and an alphabetical list of the elements. The other 10 pages are different versions of the chart in black and white that allow the student to learn the element names, chemical symbols, and atomic numbers in different ways.
Some of the worksheets have the element names removed, or the chemical symbols, or both. And there's even a version that has no atomic number, symbol, or name — the student has to fill out everything!
I've also made the worksheets for two different learning levels. Half the worksheets cover all the known elements (for older students), but the other half cover only the 40 most common elements (for younger or beginning chemistry students).
You're welcome to download the Periodic Table of the Elements set of worksheets for your personal use. Please do not redistribute it.
Some Tips for Using the Worksheets
- Have your student use colored pencils to color-code the black and white version of the full chart. They'll be coloring the different classifications of elements, such as halogens, transition metals, etc. There's a color key at the bottom of each page they can fill in. Students can color-code any of the black and white charts.
- For nonmetals, students should circle the entire nonmetals group since some of the elements in the group also belong to halogens and noble gases.
- For the worksheets with the element names missing, have your students use a separate piece of paper to write their answers. They'll need to write down the atomic number and then the full element name next to it. At first, you may want to use the alphabetical list of the elements so the students know how to spell each word.
- Laminate the fill-in-the-blank worksheets (or put them in plastic page protectors) and use dry erase markers to fill in the answers. That way the worksheets can be reusable!