This activity is designed to help students become aware that all substances are made of chemicals and that chemicals are made up of a combination of elements.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • explain that all substances are made up of chemicals
  • explain that chemicals can be synthetic or natural
  • explain that chemicals are made up of a composition of elements

Download the Word file (see link above) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • extension ideas
  • student handouts.

Useful links

The Elements song – here’s a catchy song covering the elements from the periodic table of elements.

    Published 4 September 2012