Enthuse students with the history and development of the periodic table by using this engaging and interactive classroom activity. It can be differentiated to varying abilities and adapted to different levels or specifications

The timeline for the development of the model of the atom is clearly outlined in many schemes of work, so this activity follows that timeline with the addition of information relating to the development of the periodic table. Students do not necessarily have to know about the existence of atoms, or the atomic model before starting the exercise. Ages 7-14, there are hint cards for scaffolding (possibly up to age 16 depending on the group and use of stretch and challenge Qs). The teacher can be more specific with the objectives by using the blank summary sheet at the end.

International Year of the Periodic Table activities