Explore the World of Chemistry with NOVA: Hunting the Elements


Looking for resources for your class?  Where do nature’s building blocks, called the elements, come from?

Elements are the hidden ingredients of everything in our world, from the carbon in our bodies to the metals in our smartphone. To unlock their secrets, NOVA’s Hunting the Elements spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry: the strongest acids, the deadliest poisons, and the universe’s most abundant- and rarest- elements. This collection will allow you and your students to explore this fascinating chemical landscape and take a tour across the periodic table.

The media resources on PBS Learning Media allow educators to explore the periodic table in detail with their students—from its basic structure and properties to the sometimes volatile behavior of specific elements.

For additional classroom resources, download the periodic table handout to use as a reference for your students, or as an activity where students can color code the element groups. You can also download a periodic table poster to use as a visual aid in your classroom.