After viewing a few more Mercury videos, just for fun,
one of the boys came up with the idea of making a giant Periodic Table
and adding elements to it as we explore them.
I thought this was a brilliant idea.
Much better than a dull worksheet
and doubly better because it was a child’s idea.
So we got to work.
We scoured the internet looking for a ‘just print and assemble’ version
– surely someone has done this before.
But we couldn’t find one.
We’ve come to rely on the internet too much.
Ethan said, “Why don’t you just make one? It’d be easy.”
And it was actually much easier than I imagined.
Brayden measured the space where we’d decided to hang it,
Ethan worked out how many squares would need to go on each page
and I made a page of boxes and just removed the ones that weren’t needed on that page.
After sticking it all together,
we had this:
It’s rather large but at the same time not large enough.
We’ve each got ideas about what should go on the little square
and there’s no way it’s all going to fit
so we came up with the plan to make it a lift-the-flap chart.
Brayden loved this idea. He loves lift-the-flaps.
My helpers slowly dwindled away to other tasks
and left me cutting out the 118 flaps by myself
and gluing on the 118 flaps by myself.
But now it is complete
and we think it looks great.
Today we have to write in the numbers and start work on the first two squares
– sulphur and mercury.
I suspect this will be quite a long term project.
We best get started.