This information-packed video from It’s Okay to Be Smart explains How The Elements Got Their Names in rhyme! It’s a great introduction for looking further into the periodic table’s rich history and etymology, from Actinium (Greek for “ray”) to Zirconium (Persian “zargun” or “gold-colored”).
For a deeper dive, definitely get Theodore Gray’s kid (and adult) friendly book The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, and watch Gray introduce his massive collection in this video.
More: They Might Be Giants’ Meet the Elements and Tom Lehrer performs The Elements live — a must for any kid.
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