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We had a big 'ah-ha' moment when my children discovered they could make words out of cut-up print outs of the periodic table. By moving the different element letters around - we managed to make lots of different words.

Out of that sprang these fun worksheets for studying the periodic table. Some are easier than others, giving you the numbers you need to find the words. Others need a lot more thought!

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The idea behind these worksheets is to use the element letters to make words. The first few worksheets give you the element numbers, so all you have to do is look on the table to find the corresponding letters.

The last two worksheets give you the letters only - and you need to find out the element numbers instead.

The worksheets really get your kids looking at the periodic table, and they should end up with a good idea of where all the elements are placed around it!

Need a copy of the table? Get a printable periodic table of elements chart to use with your worksheet.

Name the Place

Using the numbers given, find the elements and put them together to make the names of places. Includes answer sheet.
Place Worksheet

Find the City

Find the names of cities using the numbers of the elements.
Cities Worksheet

Name the Animals

Using the numbers given, find the elements and put them together to make the names of animals.
Animals Worksheet

Word Search

Find the elements on your periodic table that make up the words shown. Includes answer sheet. This is an easier sheet that shows the actual element letters making up the words ie. CAr
Worksheet Search 1

Word Search 2

Find the elements on your periodic table to make up the words shown. This harder version shows the words only, not the elements that make them. Includes answer sheet.
Worksheet Search 2

Blank Chart

To practice filling in. See how much you remember! Two versions available.
Blank Chart

Why not cut up a copy of the Periodic Table and see if your teens can make their own worksheets? How many words can they find? What is the longest word?

We were thinking of new words for days afterwards!

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Reading The Periodic Table

Evelyn Williams John Hope Community Academy
5515 S. Lowe Ave.
Chicago IL 60621


This lesson is designed for 8th Grade students.
Students will be able to:
1) Categorize a group of shells and unknown elements using different
2) Read and interpret the Periodic Table.

Materials Needed:

1. One set of assorted shells for each group.
2. One set of cards with four identifying characteristics of the 25 mystery
elements on individual cards.
Each card should list A. metal, nonmetal or metalloid
B. kind of ion
C. atomic weight
D. physical description
3. A completed Periodic Table for each student.
4. A blank Periodic Table Worksheet for each student.
5. Crayons.


Introduction: Begin the lesson by discussing ways that we sort things everyday
to make our lives easier. We sort clothes before and after we wash them. We
sort things in our kitchen cabinets. Scientists organized the Periodic Table
to make the study and use of chemistry easier and more uniformed.


Part 1
Take all the shells out of the container. Each team must sort the shells.
Each team must come up with at least two ways to categorize the shells.
Each team must justify all final solutions.

Group discussion of the results.

Part 2
Take the 25 mystery element cards and come up with the best possible way to
categorize them. Try several ways, but you must agree on just one way. Be
ready to defend your solution.

Group discussion of the results. Groups should give rationales for their
sorting patterns and compare results.

Part 3 (More of an individual assignment)
Look at your cards, your completed Periodic Table, and your blank Periodic
Table worksheet and write the correct element symbol, atomic weight and its
name on your worksheet.

Color all the metals red, orange or pink.
Color all the nonmetals green or blue.
Color all the metalloids purple

Performance Assessment:

1. Given a list of element symbols, students will match them with the correct
2. Given a list of characteristics for a group of elements, students will
complete sample entries from the Periodic Table to fill in the missing
3. Students will write a short paragraph explaining what they learned.
The correct use of the following words will earn them 10 points for each
word. Word list: Periodic Table, atomic weight, atomic number, element,
electrons, ions, metal, nonmetal, metalloid and symbol.

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