Chemical Nomenclature Games

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

If your class has been studying elements and compounds, learning about chemical nomenclature is important. Use these games to help students identify and apply the protocols for chemical nomenclature.

Name That Compound

Ever wonder why salt is also called sodium chloride? It's because of chemical nomenclature. When students learn about chemical nomenclature, they can understand the chemical composition of different substances and the process for naming them.

Let's examine some games that students can use to learn about chemical nomenclature. Depending on your class, you may only want to focus on chemical nomenclature for a specific type of compound (such as organic, ionic, acids, etc.) or you might focus the games on all different types of compounds.

Made-Up Mystery Compounds

Engage students in creating made-up mystery compounds for their classmates to name.


  • Index cards
  • Tape
  • Pencils
  • Paper

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