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From the home-page image of the periodic table, students can hover the mouse over a chemical element to see the atomic weight, the number, the electron configuration, the state of matter, and whether it is naturally occurring. Students can also use the “Element Builder” function to construct atoms sequentially. This results in a clear understanding of atomic number and weight, stable and unstable isotopes, and electron shells in a gamelike environment that is at once completely involving and kinesthetic in learning mode. The home page also includes an extensive A–Z list of topics, cross-referenced to the appropriate element. Clicking on a topic takes the user to articles written in student-friendly language that presents information clearly.
Articles contain pop-up definitions, and each entry also includes access to a glossary of terms, a bibliography (which gives students the option of adding titles), and a bank of student-produced instructional videos. Although the videos are a bit precious at times, they are informative and serve to showcase what can be produced with the “Explore, Create, and Learn” tab. A tab labeled “More about the Periodic Table” gives elements by family, presenting articles that can be printed, cited, or e-mailed with a single click. The final tab, “Teacher/Librarian Resources,” allows correlation of information in the database to national and Common Core State Standards, among others, with references to salient database tie-ins. Forms and printouts are available, with sample lesson plans under construction.
The sheer amount of information available here can be overwhelming, and teachers would be well advised to spend time with the database and home in on the facets they wish to use. But navigation is easy. This is an excellent tool for secondary students, and with careful selection, it could be used as introductory material for fourth through sixth grades. Core Concepts: Periodic Table is recommended as a sound instructional choice for middle- and high-school chemistry programs.
YA/Curriculum Support: Aimed at middle- and high-school students, this database has an astounding amount of information in an easy-to-navigate format. —Rebecca Vnuk
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