A Cool Thing to Try!
If you want, there is a lot of fascinating information available on the various elements on the Periodic Chart. You can go on the Internet or use a book called the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics to learn more about each element. There is a wealth of information including the history behind the discovery of each element, what they are used for and why the elements are labeled like they are (Lead, for example, has the chemical symbol Pb from the Latin word plumbum, meaning Lead). Here is a site you might want to start with: http://www.chemicalelements.com/index.html.

About the Authors
Ray & Gale Lawson have been homeschooling their 3 children since 1995. Ray holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and works for Washington Group International in Aiken, SC. Gale holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and has been "full time mom and teacher" since the birth of their first child. They are members of Breezy Hill Baptist Church in Graniteville, SC and are active in Breezy Hill's homeschool ministry. Questions, comments and suggestions can be emailed to Ray at vmi1981@bellsouth.net or Gale at galenkids@hsenet.com

This article was originally published in the Mar/Apr '04 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine as part of a continuing series on "Profiles in Christianity & Science." For more information, visit http://HomeSchoolEnrichment.com.