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SoftSchools: Interactive Periodic Table

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


Website Example:

Tech Product Equipment

Computer(s), Internet access, projector, computer lab (optional)

Activity Description

In this activity, students use an interactive Periodic Table to explore periods and groups of elements.

This site has many resources. You can use it for many different classes. There are resources for math, science, social studies, English, and Spanish. There are many activities that students can access online, and use alone or in groups. You really need to "mine" this site to see all the useful activities.

They also have free printable worksheets, quizzes, games, and online practice on math, grammar, phonics, handwriting, , language arts, social studies, and geography for preschool to middle school.


  1. Preview the Web site to be sure everything works on your school's computers.
  2. Decide how you would like to use the element table.
  3. Prepare questions, or have students prepare questions to be answered about the topic.


  1. Show and explain the periodic table and its element divisions.
  2. Select each element to show the specifics for each element.
  3. Let students navigate the periodic table to learn about elements and its divisions.
  4. Quiz the students in a computer lab.

Teacher Tips

  • You can let students use computers individually, or you can project the site to the whole class.
  • Some resources are online for students to access; others are printable resources for in class use.

Select subjects and subcategories

English Language Arts



  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • General Science
  • Physical Science

Social Studies

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.