Mendeleev and the Periodic Table

Two hundred years before Mendeleev created the periodic table, scientists observed patterns in the elements and tried to sort them. The brief first video in a 15-part series explains the development of the periodic table and the many changes it went through before others accepted it.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Display some of the earlier periodic tables that are no longer in use
  • Discuss the most recent additions to the periodic table
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on some basic knowledge of elements and their properties
Pros

  • Connects to classification systems and the scientific method
  • Links the past to the future through math and science
Cons

  • None
Common Core