Chemistry 001: Introducing the Periodic Kingdom to its Heirs began as the text for Mary Daly's chemistry course in which we intended to introduce just the first 8 or 10 elements. We would associate each with an image that would bring to mind a common use, an intriguing fact, or a striking circumstance of discovery. The students took such unexpected delight in learning the elements, however, that we went on to the first 95. We had, in the front of our co-op classroom, a large plaid fabric with corner-cuts for mounting each card. It was very exciting to place all the cards we had done, day by day, by way of review, and watch the chart grow.
The result is a book that introduces all the commonly known the elements of the periodic table, one by one. At the beginning of each period, the concept of electron energy levels or "shells" is considered, along with a few other concepts relevant to introductory chemistry.
The material is suitable for the middle-school child, or even younger in some cases, and is a very attractive and engaging vehicle for learning the names of the elements. All of the original students memorized substantial amounts of the Periodic Table. High school students of chemistry have also enjoyed this friendly presentation of the periodic table which they must master, the sooner, the better. Chemistry 001 is not a complete chemistry course for the serious high school student, however.
The incomparable volume, The Periodic Kingdom by P.W. Atkins, inspired the concept of considering the table as a kingdom. I highly recommend his works on chemistry.
Chemistry 001 is 66 colored pages, printed on one side only. It is accompanied by a colorful, laminated, oversize chart, 19" x 25", laid out like the standard Periodic Table, but with images from the text, -- no names abbreviations, or numbers. Write-on/wipe off -- and practice the names as you learn them. You have permission to copy the images to make cards and lay out a really large Periodic Table on your living room floor or to mount them on a background of your choosing.
Images designed by the author are the work of Ana Braga-Henebry who did not expect publication, but we thought her work much too charming to keep for ourselves.
$35 for book and chart.
It's name means water-maker, and, with one proton and one electron per atom, it is the most common fuel of the stars.