My girls have become quite intrigued by chemistry. Not being tied to a curriculum allows us to follow the interests of the girls. We have hit the pause button on oceanography for a few weeks to pursue a study of the periodic table. Actually, it is not so much a pause, as a “look how these two areas of science fit together so perfectly” moment. The study of the ocean’s water will make more sense when the girls understand what elements and compounds actually make up the water samples we are testing.
In a recent post about our construction of the periodic table, a blog reader commented on the resources she used with her sons when introducing the periodic table. She provided the link to a free lapbook and recommended several books as well! This is why I keep blogging. This is why I share how we are approaching education. I was not aware of these resources and with a few clicks, the books were sent to me via Amazon, and the lapbook was downloaded and ready to print.
I love these books. My girls love these books.
We could have read the book, then completed the lapbook as a “final project” but that is not how we roll. Not when we have a museum of natural history less than a half hour away. Nope. Instead, we took the freshly printed lapbooks, our newly constructed periodic tables, and our books to the museum and plopped ourselves down on the floor smack dab in the middle of the Hall of Rocks and Minerals.
The girls were tasked with finding as many elements that fall into the different categories of the table. Since this is a small display they were only able to find six, but that is six elements that they were able to view and understand in a personal way, much more so than if they simple read from the book. They now want to venture into New York to visit the Hall of Rocks and Minerals at the Museum of Natural History. I wish it were at the Met. I really dislike the MNH......
*I recommend these resources because I love them, not because I received any compensation to do so.