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When do kids first see the periodic table of elements?

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At about what age/grade do kids first see the periodic table in school? I don't necessarily mean when do they start studying it. Just at what age might a kid see it and recognize to some extent what it is?

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#1 - June 08, 2015, 12:35 PM

I'm a chemist. I remember first seeing a periodic table in seventh grade (and falling in love with it, I might add) Physical science.
#2 - June 08, 2015, 02:05 PM
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My kids have first seen it in 6th grade (MA).
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I learned it in the 6th grade and kept a little laminated table under my pillow.
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#4 - June 08, 2015, 04:04 PM
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My son first studied it in his 4th grade pull-out GT class. Vijaya, his class had to perform that song for parents' night!
#5 - June 08, 2015, 06:14 PM
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My son is in 4th and is pretty interested in it, but we've got some scientists in the family - it's not something he's seen at school, I don't think.
#6 - June 08, 2015, 06:29 PM
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My daughter first studied the periodic table this past year in 6th grade. It wasn't the first she had heard of it, but definitely the first formal "introduction."
#7 - June 08, 2015, 06:47 PM
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Thanks everyone! I was hoping to mention it in a piece for middle schoolers so I'm glad to see these responses.
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Vonna, I would've loved to see your kids perform it. That is so fun.
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In my kids' school, they are being introduced to it in the 5th grade. It has, for whatever reason, become my son's passion and he has memorized the whole thing! But yes, his class was introduced to it in 5th grade.
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We had one hanging in our basement-- so I saw it when I was really young! (But my dad is a scientist.) But otherwise, I think it was 6th grade.  Middle school is definitely the right age.
#11 - June 09, 2015, 08:05 AM

I learned it in the 6th grade and kept a little laminated table under my pillow.
This is the best song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUDDiWtFtEM

Although our generation had...darn, who did the Elements sung in order to the tune of Humoresque?  ("Hy-dro-gen and he-lium, lith-ium, berillium...")
Thought it was Tom Lehrer, but his was out of order sung to Modern Major General.

Me, I usually saw the colored chart hanging on the wall in 5-6th grade as just Educational Ambience, but we didn't have specific science classes to explain them until 6th grade and junior-high.
We didn't even have those PBS specials with David Pogue, let alone Bill Nye the Science Guy.
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#13 - June 09, 2015, 09:07 AM
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It's seventh grade here too, although the gifted and talented kids may see it sooner. Also, my son sees everything his older sister brings home and learns about, so he was in third.
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