I’ve produced a printable periodic table for posting on the wall in my classroom (updated April 2017). I thought other teachers might wish to do the same, so I’m making it available here.
This version is designed to be printed in color on 4×6 photo paper (I chose matte finish for less glare, but glossy might work too). I had mine printed at Amazon Prints for about $11.00, though many local or chain shops may have special deals that would allow you to get this printed pretty cheaply. Each individual element block is then taped together on the back or glued onto a backing material.
The periodic table features include:
- Element name, symbol, atomic number, and atomic mass
- Includes updated names and symbols adopted by IUPAC in 2016
- Common ions for most elements
- Color-coded background for element families/groups
- Symbols in black (solid), blue (liquid), or red (gas) elements
- Group numbers above each column (1 – 18)
The source files used to produce the images are provided here should you want to make any adjustments. The element database is an excel file, which is used in combination with word’s mail merge capabilities.
Note: images were produced by first saving the merged word document as a PDF and then using ImageMagick command:
magick.exe -density 300 PT-4x6-Color-Merged.pdf[0-117] -background white -alpha remove -resize 770x996 -gravity center -extent 800x1200 element.jpg
My previous classroom had a very large blank wall to accommodate a very large periodic table. This is how it looked in my classroom.
The data is mostly based on the information in the element data base downloaded from Central High School’s website in St. Paul, MN, with a few corrections and additions from Wikipedia.org and WebElements.com.
The Periodic Table
Here are the printable versions:
UPDATE: I’ve since created a version with two elements to a page so it’s not quite as huge.
Merged-half-page (MS Word .docx)
These files were used to produce the periodic table using MS Word’s mail merge capabilities. Should you like to change it to your liking, you can download these files and produce your own.
PT Mail Merge Template – half page (MS Word .doc)