Do your students love the They Might Be Giants song "Meet the Elements"? If not, show it tomorrow (it's available on DVD or for free on youtube)! It has tons of examples of elements and compounds as they are found in the real world.
In this investigation, students will break down the song lyric by lyric to discover exactly what the stuff around us is made of. On the Analyzation page, students will take what they discovered and apply it to determine what elements make up the Earth's crust, the oceans, the atmosphere, and living things.
This is specifically designed to cover the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) 6.5A, 6.5B, and 6.5C.