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# Periodic Table

Teach the first 18 elements of the Periodic Table with educational rap music

This song for teaching the periodic table of elements offers basic information about the first eighteen elements with names. Students will learn names, atomic symbols, and numbers as well as general information about elements and how they are organized. For students wondering how to memorize the periodic table of elements, this song is the perfect start. The accompanying detailed, printable periodic table worksheets and games enhance the learning experience.

The song is an excellent introduction to periodic table lessons for elementary school students (grade 4, grade 5), middle school students (grade 6, grade 7, grade 8), and high school students.
CHORUS
It’s the periodic table of the elements;
An elegant testament to the excellence of science;
If it’s solid, liquid, gas, you gonna find it,
‘Cause we gonna define it and give you guidance that is priceless
(repeat)

VERSE 1
What do we need to know about an element that's relevant
To understand the words that I speak?
It's a pure chemical substance with one type of atom
That's different and special and unique.

An atom is just the basic building block of matter
It’s a nucleus surrounded by a cloud;
Protons and neutrons, they make up the center,
That electrons sort of orbit around.

The atomic number is the quantity of protons
Add them up with neutrons for the masses.
Columns are groups, and we got alkali metals on the left,
Then on the right are noble gasses.

So, I’m guessin’ by now you probably wanna find out
Exactly what these elements are called
So stick with me, you’ll learn the first eighteen
And maybe later on you’ll learn them all.

CHORUS
It’s the periodic table of the elements;
An elegant testament to the excellence of science;
If it’s solid, liquid, gas, you gonna find it,

‘Cause we gonna define it and give you guidance that is priceless
(repeat)

VERSE 2
H is for Hydrogen, that's a gas that's lighter than
Any other element around.
Top right is He, Helium’s place, we
can move the second row now.

Li is Lithium, Be; Beryllium,
Now we move across to number five.
B is Boron, and C is Carbon,
Which is present in all things alive.

N is for Nitrogen, O means Oxygen,
These two are most of what we breathe;
Fluorine gets an F, then Neon is next,
With the atomic symbol Ne.

Na is.. um.. uh, oh, Sodium,
Maybe not the symbol you'd expect.
But if I said Mg and you said Magnesium
I would tell you that you are correct

Al Aluminum, as in aluminum foil,
And Silicon next with Si
Then P is Phosphorus, and here's my hypothesis:
For Sulfur, give S a try.

Number seventeen, Cl is Chlorine,
Argon has the symbol Ar,
This only part of the table, just the top three periods
But knowing these should get you pretty far.

CHORUS
It’s the periodic table of the elements;
An elegant testament to the excellence of science;
If it’s solid, liquid, gas, you gonna find it,
‘Cause we gonna define it and give you guidance that is priceless

Finding excellent sites for the study of the periodic table proved challenging. We offer a variety of sites and activities for grades 5-10
Chem4Kids
A wealth of information on chemistry and the periodic table, and other topics. Relatively simple site that provides a good framework review essential chemistry facts.
Good for grade 5 and up.

Science for Kids
This site explains and explores chemical reactions and states of matter. Lots of details. Geared towards older students.
Grade 7 and above.

This “Avogadro’s Element Hunt” will help students learn the elements by offering examples of their presence in our everyday lives, providing a real-world application for terms.

Sporcle
A memory-recall game that reinforces existing knowledge of the periodic table. Students type in a element’s name: the correct box on the periodic table lights up. A working knowledge of the periodic table is needed.
Grade 8 and up

Dynamic Periodic Table
A colorful, very detailed and information-packed periodic table. Displays elements’ symbols and names, atomic numbers, states of matter, and family the element is in. Best for students who have previous experience with a more basic version of the table.
Grade 7 and up

Periodic Table
This highly imaginative site offers the table with pictures of the elements as they exist in their purest and familiar forms. Excellent to show students how the elements exist in the “real world.”

Chemicool
Great Periodic Table. Some history and clear concise definitions and explanations.

Jefferson labs
Jefferson Labs presents all basic and some historic information on each of the elements. In depth, easy to read and understand, this site is a great to begin research on specific elements or gain better understanding.

## Multicellular Organisms

Teaching multicellular organisms with educational music: a rap song about cells, tissues, muscles, and body systems.