The Periodic Table

National Association of Media and Technology Centers
NAMTC Curricular Media

The Periodic Table is one chapter of a four chapter DVD called Chemistry in Action. The other three chapters are, Bonding, Reactions, and Compounds in Chemistry. The Periodic Table makes the modern table come alive by using countless real life examples of the elements. A good focus is placed on the patterns highlighted by the tables organization. The video does an excellent job of showing real life examples that are interesting as well as animated graphics to help further the students understanding of each elements place on the table. All on screen text is easily read and narrated with clear pronunciation. The high scores for this come from the use of both real life and computer graphics to explain ideas that are interesting and well described. Video contains intermittent "You Decide" questions for the viewers to answer as well as a summary and video quiz. A 30-page teacher's guide accompanies this video that contains assessments, labs and activities for your students. The video is best suited for grades 8-10 as an introduction into chemistry or a quick review. This program would be an outstanding addition to any teacher's collection.