Periodic Table Projects for Middle School

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Learning about the periodic table is easier and more fun in project form. Here are some ideas for periodic table projects that are appropriate for middle school.

Periodic Table Projects for Middle School

The periodic table can be quite a daunting topic about which to learn. Not only are there over 100 elements, 18 groups, and 7 periods, but there are also various patterns to learn in the periodic table. Students must eventually know which elements are most reactive, what they react with, what kinds of bonds they form, and how that relates to the number of electrons in the outer shell.

Much of this won't happen until high school, but it's important to give them a good start. Having your students take part in a periodic table project can help introduce them to it in a fun and engaging way. In this lesson, we'll go through a few ideas for projects you can use in your classroom to teach the periodic table.

Designing a Periodic Table

This classic periodic table activity involves students creating their own periodic table for something other than elements. The goal is to create a table that is similar in shape to the regular periodic table. Students might create any of the following:

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