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Did you know that the first time someone isolated a pure element was when Henning Brand boiled down his own urine in 1669 and unknowingly discovered phosphorus? The history of our current periodic table of elements is entertainingly drawn for viewers with clever black-and-white animation. This clip would be a fresh addition to your lecture on elements and the periodic table. 
An exploration of the periodic table can lead to a discussion of the scientific process and the ways that our knowledge of this topic evolves and grows.
Describing the various groups of elements within the periodic table is the focus of this video. Sal helps students understand the common characteristics that elements in the same group share. Group names include the Alkaline Metals, The Earth Metals, The Transition Metals, etc. Sal makes it clear that they are grouped together mainly because of the number of electrons they have in their outer shell.
Ionization energy is the energy required to remove an electron from an atom while in its stable state of being. Students review what an ion is, and how much energy would be required to remove an electron from elements based on their position in the periodic table. Sal effectively uses a graph that has ionization energy on the vertical axis, and an elements atomic number on the horizontal axis to help illustrate ionization energy.
Students use the electron configurations of elements to determine their positions in the Periodic Table. In this periodic table lesson, students use the handouts provided to determine electron configurations for various elements. They use the electron configurations to organize and find elements in the Periodic Table of the Elements.
In this periodic table worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle given 22 clues about elements in the periodic table, periodic law, properties of elements and atomic mass and number. Students also fill in a periodic table to identify solids, liquids and gases, metals and non-metals, metalloids, and groups.
Here is a six-page exploration that will spark interest in the periodic table of elements. After reading a diagram-supported explanation of the periodic table's organization, pupils answer questions to familiarize themselves with it. To help them learn their way around, they play a bingo-style game in small groups. A caller in the group calls out a clue, and the rest of the group tries to identify the element on their bingo card. If groups have trouble staying focused, this could also be done as a class with you as the caller. 
This webpage sports a clever Jeopardy-style review game for the periodic table of elements. There are five columns of questions, and five rows that range in value from five to twenty points. Beneath the question selection board is a link to the scoreboard and an option to edit the game. The site can also be visited by individuals to try their luck with the same questions by playing the SpeedMatch game.
Are you looking to put the fun back in the fundamentals of chemistry? Why not have groups create their own periodic tables of something (animals, food, music groups, etc.) practicing the organizational strategies used in the periodic table of the elements? Includes a rubric and instructions for each group, as well as basic information for the teacher.
Students examine the atomic structure of elements.  In this chemistry lesson students organize elements of the periodic table according to their atomic mass, and compare their order within the periodic table. 
Students explore the structure and function of the periodic table of elements. Though memorization drills and games, students working in pairs, identify the elements of the periodic table, their grouping, their properties and their possible uses.
Students analyze the arrangement of the periodic table and fill in missing data on a chart of their own.
Students examine the periodic table of elements. In this basic chemistry activity, students examine the origin of the Periodic Table and explore an interactive version that allows them to extract chemical information.
Students construct a periodic table based on the physical and chemical properties of elements. In this chemistry lesson, students share their work with the class and explain why they classified the elements that way.
First, beginning chemists assemble a large periodic table of elements. Then, they play a game in which they roll dice, move a marker along the elements, and collect pennies according to the number of valence electrons of the element that they land on. Some of the groups on the table are worth bonus pennies or extra turns! The main objective is to become familiar with the organization of the periodic table as well as names and chemical symbols. Playing a game brings an element of fun to this endeavor! 
The author-narrator refers to the periodic table of elements as a "massive slab of human genius," then goes on to explain Mendeleev's development of this foundational chemistry tool. Why was his version so much better than others that had been arranged? Why is it the one we still use today though it was designed way back in 1867? Viewers get the answers to these questions and more when you include this in your introduction to the periodic table of elements.
Learners classify elements according to their properties. In this physical science lesson, students design their own periodic table by placing element cards on a blank periodic table. They analyze trends in periodic properties.
Students research the elements used to create fireworks. In this periodic table lesson plan, students discuss common metals, their characteristics, and their places on the periodic table. They work in small groups to research the elements used in fireworks and create a mural relating the elements and the fireworks.
In a well-prepared Jeopardy-style game, your chemisty class can review the periodic table. Questions cover the element groups, some history, atomic number, atomic and ionic radii, electronegativity, and the shielding effect. What a fun way to prepare for a quiz or exam!
In this trends in the periodic table worksheet, students plot the ionization energy vs. atomic number and they plot atomic radius vs. atomic number of the first 20 elements. Students analyze their graphs and answer questions about the trends in the periodic table of these elements.