Women in Chemistry: Heroes of the Periodic Table

Although Dimitri Mendeleev developed the periodic table in 1871, there have been many changes and discoveries since. A video lesson presents the contributions of two prominent women chemists: Maire Curie and Ida Tacke. The narrator explains in depth the events leading to their discovery of new elements and their work that proved their existence.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as a lesson in May to support Women in History Month
  • Have pupils view the video independently and discuss the role of each scientist in pairs
Classroom Considerations

  • Prior knowledge of the patterns in the periodic table is helpful
Pros

  • Includes links to additional lessons on the same topic
  • Offers the option for closed captioning to support vocabulary instruction
Cons

  • None
Common Core