Learn Periodic Table With Fun Activities- Study Of Atoms And Elements

Learn Periodic Table Elements

With every moment passing, there is some sort of a revolution being brought to the field of education. New technology, smart innovations and various approaches are proving to be very resourceful aids for teachers. This enables them to make the students look at the same concepts in a new light. Teachers need to keep reinventing the methods to explain these concepts to get the interest and attention of students.

One such concept is the periodic table. The periodic table, otherwise called the periodic table of elements, is a plain representation of the chemical elements in a tabular form, which are presented by their atomic number, electron arrangement, and repeating compound properties. The structure of the table shows periodic patterns. This table is simple in nature but difficult to understand because of how diverse it is.

Around 44 scientists have worked on the table for years and have tried their best to simplify it as much as possible while also ensuring no detail is missed out. The table consists of 118 elements. Hence, various people keep trying to come up with fun ways to learn the table. Here are a few:

Mnemonic Devices

One easy way to remember the first 20 elements is through mnemonic devices. Mnemonic devices are devices that help the memory remember something elaborate through symbols. In simple words, a mnemonic device is a code word used with generally the initials of something to help memorize it.

Mnemonic devices for the first 20 periodic elements are made using their symbols for the same. The devices are:

? Happy Henry Lives Beside Boron Cottage, Near Our Friend Nelly Nancy MgAllen. Silly Patrick Stays Close. Arthur Kisses Carrie.

? Harry He Likes Beer But CanNot Obtain Food (first 9 elements)

The full form with the symbols of the elements is:

Atomic No. Device no.1 Device no. 2 Symbol Element
1 Happy Harry H Hydrogen
2 Henry He He Helium
3 Lives Likes Li Lithium
4 Beside Beer Be Beryllium
5 Boron But B Boron
6 Cottage Can C Carbon
7 Near Not N Nitrogen
8 Our Obtain O Oxygen
9 Friend Food F Fluorine
10 Nelly Ne Neon
11 Nancy Na Sodium
12 Mg Mg Magnesium
13 Allen Al Aluminium<
14 Silly Si Silicon
15 Patrick P Phosphorous
16 Stays S Sulphur
17 Close Cl Chlorine
18 Arthur Ar Argon
19 Kisses K Potassium
20 Carrie Ca Calcium


This method is given by Ron White. He is a 2-time USA memory champion. His YouTube channel called ?Memorize Academy? has a series of videos which talks about how to use picturization as a memory technique for the periodic table. Here?s a little bit about it in brief:

The most important point here is to clearly picture each image in your mind as the instructions go by.

First element: Hydrogen=Hydrant

Imagine a hydrant on a street and imagine the periodic table is written on a chart and that chart is wrapped around the hydrant. The hydrant is a fitting on a street that connects to the water main. Through this, we can remember hydrogen as the first element since hydrogen and hydrant sound sort of similar.

Second element: Helium=Balloon

As some of you might know, the gas that is filled inside a balloon is helium. Now, let?s imagine that the hydrant from the first step with the chart covering it is attached to a balloon and is blowing in the air. When you connect the two dots, you remember hydrogen as the first element through the hydrant and picture that the hydrant is attached to a balloon filled with helium, which is the second periodic element.

Third element: Lithium=Lithp.

Lithium seems like a similar word to lithp. Now, the word ?lithp? does not logically mean anything so let us assume that it a sound. We remember the hydrant and the balloon from the first two steps. Now, imagine that the balloon has been poked somehow and as the air leaves the balloon, it makes a sound like ?lithp.? This will help you remember the third element, which is, lithium.

Fourth element: Beryllium=Bee really yum.

The fourth element, which is, beryllium sounds a lot like ?bee really yum.? Here?s what to picture for the fourth element: a bee has landed on the balloon from earlier. The bee is licking the balloon and it finds the taste of the plastic very delightful and exclaims in joy, ?Really yum!? So, the fourth element can be remembered as a BEE who finds the balloon REALLY YUM, as it prompts towards the element, beryllium.

Fifth element: Boron=Bore on.

So far, we?ve had an image of a hydrant (hydrogen) attached to a balloon (helium) that has a hole and it makes the sound ?lithp? (lithium) and a bee who licks the balloon and finds it really yum (beryllium.) Now, this bee is bored of the licking so it starts to poke the balloon with its stinging. It bores the balloon a.k.a. makes a hole in it. This will easily prompt you to think of boron, the fifth element.

You can check out the YouTube channel called ?Memorize Academy? to learn more about elements through picturization. This memory technique can be used with multiple analogies. The story created here is only an example. You can follow this story to remember the periodic elements or create your own, whichever way seems convenient to you. The key element is to create pictures for each element and then connecting it to a story, step by step. The more graphic it gets, the easier it gets to memorize.

We hope that these techniques help you understand the periodic table and you have fun while learning it!


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