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So I have a 4th grader this next year and we are going to do Chemistry.  My daughter loves memorizing things so I thought I'd let her work on memorizing the periodic table as well as the element abbreviations.    I remember in Jr. high learning the element abbreviations a fun way.  For example, AU come back with my gold.  I have googled till I'm blue in the face but can't find anything fun out there like this.  Does anyone know where I can find something fun like this?  

 

I thought it would be fun to use this video to memorize the actual periodic table (http://www.memorizeperiodictable.com/

 

We will be using R.E.A.L science odyssey chemistry.  I'd like to add to this with other science experiments and games.   

 

What fun resources have to used for chemistry?  

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Ellen McHenry's The Elements is great for that age.  

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Basher Science Chemistry and Basher Science Periodic Table are both great! Also ETA Hand2mind Periodic Table blocks. They can be found on amazon. I also really like Thames and Kosmos Happy Atoms but they can be spendy.

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Basher Science Chemistry and Basher Science Periodic Table are both great! Also ETA Hand2mind Periodic Table blocks. They can be found on amazon. I also really like Thames and Kosmos Happy Atoms but they can be spendy.

 

Those happy atoms do look neat.  But you weren't kidding about the price.   wow!

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seconding Ellen McHenry!

We also have and like this chemistry board game http://questforarete.com

 

eta- the folks at Quest for Arete are really wonderful. I was bummed about not being able to purchase it in Aus - so they sent me it for free!

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You might look at the Guesthollow chemistry schedule. It uses the McHenry books and more.

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We used the table and cards from this site: http://elements.wlonk.com/index.htm which gives picture cues for the elements; and topped it off with http://www.periodicvideos.com/index.htm watching videos from University of Nottingham who do a quick video showing the reactions of chemicals and talking about them a little. I also recently saw a periodic table puzzle with plastic tiles on amazon that would have been fun-basically just putting the pieces together to make the table.

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We bought snap together molecules for 30 dollars and a the Molecule book by Theodore gray after my child exhausted the periodic table of elements.  My kid spends all his spare time putting molecules together.  He loves it. I love it when science is play. 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Molecules-Architecture-Everything-Theodore-Gray/dp/1579129714  

 

https://www.amazon.com/Chemistry-Instructional-Stereochemistry-Structure-Scientists/dp/B01NCU854K/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1494077650&sr=8-15&keywords=molecule+set

 

 

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The video you linked is wonderful- we bought the full thing from Memorize Academy or whatever it's called, and my kids can easily rattle off 1-80.  We need to spend a little more time on the last few videos!  To speed up after they were good with the video's method, we listened to The New Periodic Table of the Elements Song every day, so the first 50 or so they can do quite fast... but then the song gets too fast!  

 

We did this in conjunction with Ellen McHenry.  

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Following as my DD also is doing chemistry in 4th grade next year and we also are using R.E.A.L Science Odyssey for our spine/main program.

 

Thanks for the ideas so far!

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I'm glad you posted this. I was thinking of doing a year of anatomy next year, but the kids are begging for chemistry. I love to indulge their passions when it comes to science, but it means I'm always a little behind and trying to scrape things together. A couple posters mentioned Ellen McHenry, and I am so glad they did. We really enjoy what she offers for science. I'm going to check that out. I second someone who mentioned Basher. Basher science also has a new chemistry related card game and collectible cards and little figures that could be fun to add to the school year for rewards/tokens. Now I'm off to check out the stuff that was mentioned that I am as yet unaware of! :)

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