Monday, February 19, 2007

Mnemonic of the Day

"The Group IA Song"
(to the tune of "The Mexican Hat Dance")

Elementary Years Version:

There's Hydrogen, Lithium, Sodium
Potassium, Rubidium, Cesium
They all have an extra electron
And they want to give it away.

NEW! Middle School Version:

There's Hydrogen, Lithium, Sodium
Potassium, Rubidium, Cesium
We call them the Alkali Metals
And they like to turn into salts.*

(*Of course this version is a little bit of a lie since hydrogen isn't a metal and forms acids instead of salts)

2 Comments:

Blogger CMinor said...

Cute!
While it isn't terribly educational (I was disappointed when I realized they weren't organized by atomic number) I trust you're familiar with the classic Tom Lehrer Elements song? There are some animated videos of it out on the 'net as well.

12:47 PM  
Blogger The Opinionated Homeschooler said...

Oh yes, a classic. I haven't seen the videos.

Offspring #1 is translating "Gaudeamus Igitur" this week, and the Tom Lehrer song "Bright College Days" keeps running through my head as a result:

Turn on the spigot
Pour the beer and swig it
And "Gaudeamus Igit-
ur."

4:51 AM  

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