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.

Download teaching resources

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

  • The periodic table bingo game
  • Build an atom simulation
  • Build an atom simulator activity handout

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Escape the classroom

Six puzzles to challenge and enthuse your students

The entrance to Ytterby mine

The most important village in chemistry

How one small Swedish hamlet contributed to the periodic table

Collection of Royal Society of Chemistry periodic tables

The evolution of the periodic table

Uncovering the history of the periodic table’s distinct design

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Elements and compounds

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