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The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements - Moreno/Lyons Productions & Oregon Public Broadcasting

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Discover the human story behind the periodic table of elements based on a PBS 3 hour-long series. This site includes links to view each episode in addition to many ...more
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Discover the human story behind the periodic table of elements based on a PBS 3 hour-long series. This site includes links to view each episode in addition to many supplemental materials. Learn about the seven scientists featured in the show and explore the creation of the periodic table through video and images. Also, explore how discoveries about atoms changed the scientific world forever. Be sure to go to the section for teachers featuring a teacher's guide, additional videos, and hands-on classroom activities.

tag(s): atoms (58), biographies (87), matter (61), scientists (69)

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If you teach chemistry, you will want to bookmark this valuable resource. View the videos and explore the site information together or flip your classroom and have students view the videos as an introduction to the material. If full episodes aren't available online in your area, you can still take advantage of the many resources on this site. Be sure to find the video library in the teacher's section with many clips from the original shows. Challenge students to create a Twitter Fictional Account, reviewed here, about one of the scientists featured in this series. Have students create a timeline (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here, to visualize the progression of the discoveries of matter.
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