Did you know that iron is used in making and reinforcing bridges? Also, did you know that the air we breathe in contains oxygen? I guess you did know these facts. One does not have to be adept in neither chemistry nor physics to these pieces of information. But I bet you that fewer people know that phosphorus is found in the human bones and that aluminium is the choice metal for constructing airplanes.
Learning physics and chemistry is usually a daunting experience for many learners being introduced to science subjects from junior to senior secondary schools. Teachers of these subjects have the task of using fun and deeply engaging instructional materials for their young students. As we all know, kids learn better when they can visualise what they are learning and more so when it involves play. They tend to retain knowledge when they can associate what they are learning with what they already know. In this line, instructional material has to be pictorial, colourful and well suitable for their ages to be of most effective use. So bye-bye to the abstract world of chemistry to a more visualised approach with material you can see and interact with.
Along the way of learning these science subjects, they are introduced to the topic of atoms, elements and the Periodic Table. The periodic table is a way of listing the elements which make up all the known matter in the universe. Elements are listed in the table by the structure of their atoms. It contains 118 elements arranged in 18 columns (or groups) and 7 rows (or periods) which include the two rows found on an island below the table. Well they stand at 118 element today with 4 elements recently included namely nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og).
Learning the name, the properties and the uses of all these elements is a real challenge for students learning science especially those going through exam preparation such as JSCE, SSCE, NECO and JAMB UME. However, with colourful learning materials like the periodic table shown above, students can easily know the name, the position and above all, where it finds application in life.
You’d be amazed at how fast these your students would learn these elements. They’d be talking like little scientists about how samarium is used in making electric motor magnets or how thallium is used in low temperature thermometers. They would ask us, ‘Did you know that polonium can be used to make anti-static brushes?’ Well, I didn’t know, but Dotun, my young cousin in junior secondary school knows this and what’s more, he enjoyed learning about this.
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Credits of this awesome Periodic Table goes to Keith Enevoldsen.
Written by Awoyemi Omotola.