Use this template to make “Periodic Table Cards” (pdf) of the common elements.
Have students do this “Periodic Table” Crossword Puzzle (pdf).
Play “Elements Bingo” by randomly selecting elements from a paper copy (pdf) of the periodic table, randomly selecting an element and calling out the name of the element while crossing it off the periodic table. Students mark the symbol of that element on their bingo cards (pdf). (This file has 36 prefilled cards.)
Play Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements” song or show thisFlash animation of the song by Mike Stanfill.
Try this Discovery School “Science Hits” activity where students will listen to a recording of “The Elements” by Tom Lehrer (1960) and write their own song for recalling scientific information.
Abigail Freiberger provided this “Martian Periodic Table” (doc) activity using this (xls) table.
“Arsenic and Old Lace: The Chemistry Connection” (doc) is a WebQuest that uses the old movie and has different students in a group act as chemist, doctor, historian, and reporter to produce a video for the class. An evaluation rubric is included.
Do this “Elements” (pdf) crossword puzzle with answers.
Or have students do this “Elements and the Periodic Table” (pdf) crossword puzzle.
In “Element Clues” (pdf) students place “known” element cards (included) in the order of the periodic table and then figure out the identity of the “unknown” element cards by their properties.
Show The World of Chemistry video, “A State of Matter,” and have students answer the questions on this “World of Chemistry: The Periodic Table” (pdf) worksheet.
Try M. Horton’s “Element Hunt Project” (doc) where students collect as many pure elements as they can around the home and create a poster with them.
In the game Castle Mendeleev students explore the 18-room castle where each room in entirely made of one of the elements in the first three rows of the periodic table. Colleen Bennett of the NSTA Listserve supplied these teacher notes with the answers (doc) and, since the game is no longer online, I compiled this file (doc) of the game and this worksheet (doc) with a crossword puzzle.
Similar to the “Martian Periodic Table” activity, “The Alien Periodic Table Challenge,” (pdf) is a bit more creative. I have included a periodic table chart (doc) and these are the answers supplied by someone from “WIKI Answers” (doc). After the lab, follow-up with this “Alien Periodic Table Analysis” (pdf) using this PowerPoint (ppt).