Periodic table of the elements

2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements
Celebrate it with your students using these articles and teaching resources.

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Three new resources for teaching the periodic table from the Royal Society of Chemistry are available on Learn Chemistry.

  • History of the periodic table
  • The periodic table bingo game
  • Build an atom simulation

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