Project: to make up songs or poetry using the elements found in the periodic table.
Option 1: Students must use 80 or more elements if they want to use the elements as words to a song
Option 2: Students must use 30 or more elements if they give specific details about the element in their song.
Songs will be sung in front of the class live or presented on videotape. Extra points will be rewarded if students can also a dance routine or wear costumes in their presentation.
Sample Element Songs (St. Anthony School, San Gabriel)
Team: 1 (set to Eminem song)
Refrain: I please must find a piece of gold, and maybe some silver too. Copper I wouldn’t care to find, but platinum is good too. Even if I couldn’t get them all, I still have oxygen. It reminds me that I only have a bag of nickels.
Verse 1: Dear Josh,
Yesterday when I was looking for zirconium I cut myself, and I had to take some Iodine, but all I had was potassium and calcium, it didn’t do me much good, but I ate too much calcium and It gave me a stomach ache, so I used some bismuth and bromine to make the pain go away. I found some sulfur and hit it against a rock, and it made a fire to keep me warm.
Sincerely yours, your best friend,
Verse 2: Dear Josh,
I wrote you but you still aint writin’, I found some iron we’ll be rich when I get back, you have to rescue me. I’m down to my last piece of lead. I think I need some zinc really bad. There’s a lot of toxic gases when I am like chlorine and radon so I traveled to a lake and crossed it on a piece of titanium, my legs hurt from kicking in the water.
Sincerely yours, your best friend,
Here’s a song about 80 elements
Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Potassium, and Beryllium, Boron, Carbon, neon, Xenon, Argon, and Fluorine, and Chlorine, and Unihexium.
12 down, 68 more to go
There’s Iridium, Osmium, Rhenium, and Platinum, Hafnium, Barium, Cesium, and Radium, Actinium, Rhodium, and Uniquadium, Cadmium, Indium, and Polonium
26 down, 54 to go
Are you ready? Here we go!
There’s Silver, Copper, Zinc, and Mercury, Gold, Lead, Tin Aluminum, Phosporus, Silicon, and Sulfur, Helium and Lithium, and Stontium, and Scandium, and Mendelevium
Half down, 38 more to go!
Now we’re in the radioactive isotopes!
There’s Europium, Samarium, Gadolinium, Terbium, Dysprosium, Curium, and Erbium, Uranium, and Berkelium, and Lutetium, Fermium, Thorium, and Plutonium.
25 more elements to go!
There’s Bromine, Iodine, Krypton, and Cobalt, Iron, Calcium, Francium, and Nickel, Selenium, Holmium, Tungsten, Sodium, Magnesium, Vanadium, Neodymium
70 down, 10 to go
Soon there’ll be 80 you’ll know!
There’s Californium, Americium, Lawrencium, Nobelium, Thulium, Bismuth, Seaborgium, Antimony, Tellurium, Protactinium, and now were all done!
So we hoped you learned a lot and had a lot of fun!
There once lived a man that loved copper
and even lived to save nickels
He thought of platinum as a cheap piece of jewelry,
but gold as priceless piece of fortune
He loved Neon because of the great lighting
He loved Cerium even more for its rare lighting
He used to think oxygen was something to save
And Helium was something harmful that were put into
He loved to drink lots of milk to get more Calcium
To take off the Chromium on his car
And used Aluminum to wrap many things with
Iron to him was the best piece of metal
He used to think that chlorine was what made the pool
He also thought that sulfur wasn’t all that deadly
But Arsenic was much worse
There’s Antimony, Arsenic, Aluminum, Selenium,
And Oxygen and Nitrogen and Hydrogen and Rhenium,
And Neodymium, Neptunium, Germanium, and Nickel,
And Iron, Uranium, Ruthenium, Americium,
Europium, Vanadium, Zirconium, Lutetium,
And Protactinium, and Indium, and Gallium, and Gold,
And Iodine and thorium, and Thallium, and Thulium,
And Lanthanum, Osmium, Astatine, and Radium.
There’s Ytterbium, Yittrium, Actinium, Iridium,
And Boron, Argon, Krypton, Silicon,
And Strontium, and Silver, and Samarium, and Lithium,
And Bismuth, Bromine, Beryllium, and Barium,
There’s Holmium, and Helium and erbium and Hafnium,
And Phosphorous and Terbium and Fluorine, and Chlorine
And Manganese, Mercury, Magnesium, Molybdenum,
Dysprosium and Cesium and Cerium and Scandium
And Lead, Platinum, Palladium, Plutonium,
Praseodymium, Promethium, Polonium and Potassium
Tantalum, Titanium, Tellurium and Technetium,
Calcium and Cadmium, and Chromium and Curium
There’s Sulfur, Berkelium and Californium, Nobelium,
And also Mendelevium, Fermium, and Einsteinium
And Neon Radon, Xenon, Zinc, and Sodium,
Tin, Tungsten, and Rhodium.
Got to know them all,
Got to know them all,
Hydrogen, Lithium, Berylium, Helium,
Boron, Carbon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon, Titanium, Magnesium, Potassium, Actinium,
Calcium, Sodium, Scandium, Cesium, Francium,
Radium, Niobium, Hafnium, Chromium, Gallium,
Fluorine, Bromine, Iodine, Astatine, Strontium,
Rubidium, Indium, Polonium, Selenium, Rhenium,
Aluminum, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Silicon, Chlorine,
Got to know them all
Got to know them all
Germanium, Iridium, Barium, Cadmium, Vanadium,
Tellurium, Molybdenum, Tantalum, Platinum, Lathanum,
Plutonium, uranium, Manganese, Iron, Cobalt, Nickel,
Copper, Technetium, yttrium, Zirconium, Osmium, Rhodium,
Ruthenium, Silver, Gold, Lead, Thallium, Bismuth, Mercury,
Cadmium, Zinc, Tin, Antimony, Radon, Arsenic, Tellurium, Tungsten,
Cerium, Thorium, Curium
With thirty-eight more elements to see to be a scientist in my destiny….
You have Lithium
You have Oxygen,
You have Helium,
And the great big Sodium,
Beryllium, Magnesium, Calcium, Vanadium
Technetium and Niobium.
You have Iridium,
You have Ruthenium,
You have Rhenium
And the big ol hard Platinum
Iodine Astatine, Lead, Selenium,
And don’t forget the great Argon.
You have Sulfur,
You have Fluorine,
You have Boron,
Xenon, Krypton, Chlorine, and some light Titanium,
You have Copper, Zinc,
You have Manganese,
You have Phosphorus,
And some Zirconium,
Lead, Tin, Hydrogen, and Potassium,
You have Gallium,
You have Germanium,
You have Cadmium,
Bits of Indium,
Nickel, and Erbium.
You have Cerium
You have Thorium,
You have Terbium,
Holmium, Lutetium, Californium,
And some Fermium.
You have Radium,
You have Barium,
You have Samarium
Phosphorus, Promethium, and Lawrencium,
You have Lanthanium,
You have Vanadium,
You have Scandium,
Francium, Barium and some Thullium,
There’s hydrogen, arsenic, aluminum, selenium
And antimony, oxygen, nitrogen, and rhenium,
There’s iron, neodymium, neptunium, germanium
Nickel, americium, ruthenium, uranium,
And europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium,
There’s indium, osmium, astatine, and radium,
Gold, protactinium, lanthanum, and gallium,
Iodine, thorium, thallium, and thulium.
There’s yttrium, rubidium, ytterbium, actinium,
And iridium, boron, niobium, gadolinium,
And samarium, bromine, silver, strontium,
And barium, silicon, beryllium, bismuth, and lithium.
There’s hafnium, helium, erbium, and holmium
And francium, phosphorus, fluorine, and terbium,
And molybdenum, manganese, mercury, and magnesium
Platinum, and cesium and dysprosium, and scandium
And cerium, lead, praseodymium, plutonium,
Potassium, polomium, promethium, palladium,
Tantalum, titanium, tellurium, technetium, (inhale)
And calcium, cadmium, curium, and chromium.
There’s nobelium, sulfur, and californium, berkelium
And also fermium, einsteinium, and mendelevium,
There’s radon, chlorine, krypton, carbon, zinc, neon, and rhodium
And copper, xenon, argon, cobalt
Tin, tungsten and sodium.
“I thought I knew my Elements”
Aluminum, Selenium, Rhenium, Neodymium, Germanium,
Uranium, Europium, Zirconium, Lutetium, vanadium,
Radium, Protactinium, Indium, Gallium, Thorium,
Yttrium, Ytterbium, Actinium, Rubidium, Gadolinium,
Strontium, Samarium, Lithium, Beryllium, Barium
Hafnium, Erbium, Francium, Terbium, Molybidium, Magnesium,
Cerium, Cesium, Dysprosium, Praseodymium, Platinum
Potassium, Polonium, Tatalum, Technetium, titanium,
Calcium, Chromium, Curium, Californium, Fermium
Boron, Bismuth, bromine, Einstinium, Nobellum,
Nitrogen, Oxygen, Hydrogen, Zinc, Mercury,
Team: 9 (set to “If You Really Want to Dance” by Nobody’s Angel)
Hydrogen, Arsenic, Silver, Iridium,
Lithium, Selenium, Cadmium, Osmium,
Beryillium, Bromine, Indium,
Rhenium, Sodium, Krypton, Tin
Tungsten, Magnesium, Argon
Antimony, Tantalium, Potassium,
Chlorine, Tellurium, Thallium,
Calcium, Sulfur, Iodine, Scandium,
Silicon, Xenon, Barium, Titanium,
Aluminum, Radon, Cesium, Vanadium,
Neon, Astatine, Chromium, Fluorine,
Polonium, Oxygen, Bismuth, Iron,
Nitrogen, Lead, Cobalt, Carbon, Nickel
Boron, Mercury, Copper, Helium,
Gold, Zinc, Zirconium, Plutonium,
Cerium, Thorium, Uranium, Erbium,
Lutetium, Thuliem, Erbium, Holmium,
Terbium, Samarium, Radium,
Francium, Actinium, Polonium,
Niobium, Molybdenum, Ruthenium,
Gallium, Germanium, Fermium,
Nobelium, Europium, Chromium
Team 10 (song set to “Give it to You”)
You know the families
They range from 1-18
Zinc, Iron, Geranium
Sulfur, Chlorine, Helium
Hydrogen, and Oxygen can blend
Gold, Silver, and Lead
Argon, Krypton, Thorium,
I’m convinced I know this
Barium, Bromine, iodine,
Potassium, Neon, Boron,
Carbon, Nitrogen, Aluminum
One more time……
Team 11: (song set to “The Call” by the Backstreet Boys)
There’s Helium, Neon
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