Periodic table teaching resources

Worksheets and lesson ideas to challenge students to think about the periodic table, halogens and reactivity (GCSE and Key Stage 3)

Students really enjoy learning about the periodic table. Understanding how the elements are arranged and being able to explain trends down groups and across periods is incredibly satisfying and allows students to apply their chemical knowledge. It is important that you choose your periodic table carefully when you first teach this topic. Have a look in your specification to see which periodic table your exam board uses. The University of Nottingham hosts a fantastic collection of periodic table videos.

Elements of the Periodic table

Resources on atomic structure and particles are located elsewhere on the science teacher site.

KS3 worksheet on elements and their symbols. Students read a story about a chemist’s castle. It lists elements for them to find in the periodic table. The activity asks students to use symbols and names for elements. This is a fun and creative way to introduce students to elements and where they are located in the periodic table. Students can write their own stories, using their own choice of elements. (PDF)

  1. Group 1 metals 
  2. Halogens
  3. Reactivity
  4. Tests for ions