A pun is a punny use of words. Puns can help kids to remember things they have studied. For example, after completing a studying about gravity, kids will know that gravity is a force that pulls things toward the Earth’s surface–the ground. So they will see the humor in this pun:
“This has been a tough day. Gravity has really pulled me down.”
Element puns are a fun way to introduce a study about the names and symbols of chemical elements. An element pun is one that has to be read. This is because it uses the symbol for an element as part of the statement. The name of the symbol is used when the pun is read.
Pun: Put one Ne the carpet.
Read as: Put one Neon the carpet.
Meaning: Put one knee on (neon) the carpet.
Read the following puns. Can you interpret them?
1. I will kill the bugs and Ba.
2. The F this room is made of wood.
3. Diamonds S a lot of money.
4. The medicine will He.
5. What do you Zn about elemental puns?
Make up your own elemental puns using elements, such as:
argon, copper, radon
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