Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Periodic Table of Elements, and supports the standard of using the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Display an image of the periodic table of elements, like this one:

Ask students: What is the periodic table? What does it tell you about an element? 


  • Read the description on the Periodic Table of Elements topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Language” or “Famous Faces.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Periodic Table of Elements Challenge and Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.


Students express what they learned about the periodic table while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a movie about the periodic table that answers this question: What can you discern about an element based on its place in the periodic table?
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map identifying and describing ways that the periodic table characterizes elements. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum exhibit highlighting the properties of an atom of a specific element.

More to Explore 

Sortify: Elements of the Periodic Table: ​​Sort elements by attributes, such as symbol and group, and order by atomic mass and valence electrons. 

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