Laney Lee

History of the Periodic Table Webquest



Are you looking for an engaging extension activity to enhance your chemistry unit? Do you want an activity that allows students to explore the history of the periodic table while requiring minimal teacher assistance? Look no further than this history of the periodic table webquest!


In this history of the periodic table webquest, students will embark on a virtual journey through time as they explore the scientific process behind the discovery of elements and the development of the modern organization of the periodic table. Through a series of interactive websites, students will gain a deeper understanding of how scientists throughout history have made significant contributions to our knowledge of the chemical elements.


This webquest is designed to be self-guided, allowing students to work independently or in small groups. It offers a flexible learning experience, catering to different learning styles and piquing students’ curiosity through interactive elements.


Throughout the webquest, students will complete various activities and challenges that encourage critical thinking and problem-solving. They will engage with primary sources, scientific experiments, and virtual simulations to unravel the mysteries of the periodic table. By actively participating in the scientific process, students will not only grasp the historical context but also gain insight into the mindset of scientific pioneers.


By the end of this webquest, students will develop valuable research skillsdigital literacy, and an appreciation for the collaborative nature of scientific progress. Let the exploration begin!


Who is this history of the periodic table webquest resource for?

This resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-9. It comprehensively covers the topics mentioned, and provides opportunities for student responses which can be implemented in a whole group lesson or assigned for homework.


Note: This activity requires internet connection.


How Can I Use this Resource?

  • Emergency Sub Plans
  • An independent work station in a set of stations
  • Flipped Classroom pre-reading
  • Whole or small group opportunity to model and teach Close Reading strategies and annotation
  • Differentiation – Assign this webquest as reteaching for students who have yet to show mastery.
  • Homework
  • Creation of Independent Work Packet for students who are not able to be present for direct instruction.
  • Extension activity for early finishers or for students who show a special interest in the topic
  • Use as a square on a Choice Board
  • Interactive Notebooks: Print 2 pages in one and cut apart. Glue mini pages into notebooks with room for annotations on the side
  • Interactive Notebooks: Print entire PDF as a mini booklet and add to notebooks using these simple instructions.


What’s Included in this history of the periodic table webquest?

Purchase includes a printable PDF file in color. On page 2 of this resource you will find a link to a student friendly Google Docs version of this file. You will be able to copy this file and use it with Google Classroom or any other paperless initiative.


Please take a look at the preview file to see more of this resource.


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