The periodic table of candy: A chemistry lesson plan.

Chemistry Activity – Grades 6-12

Periodic table lesson plan

Which of these things doesn’t belong: Skittles, gummy bears, jelly beans, gum drops, and the periodic table of elements? That’s a trick question at Ward’s World, because in this lesson plan they all go together.

This simple 15-minute activity for middle- and high-schoolers asks students to organize candies according to different properties. As they do, they’ll face some of the same challenges that Dmitri Mendeleev, the Father of the Periodic Table, faced when trying to organize the chemical elements over 150 years ago.

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