April 21, 2021

Science Week Night Riddles (4-21-2021)

by Chompers

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What are the ELEMENTS? Find out on tonight's riddle-filled Chompers.

Where to Listen



>> RACHEL: Oh it’s you again! Welcome back, it’s time for Chompers, your morning and night toothbrushing show. 

Start brushing on the top of your mouth. Pick a side, and brush the inside, outside and chewing side of each tooth. 

>> KIDS: 3 , 2, 1 brush!


>> RACHEL: It’s science week, and tonight we're EXPERIMENTING with some riddles.


Here’s your first riddle: 

this science takes place in the lab

with CHEMICAL reactions 

You mix up different substances

And note their interactions

What science is this?

>> GROUP:  Chemistry! 

>> RACHEL: Switch to the other side of the top of your mouth…


>> RACHEL: -and brush the molars in the way back. 

Chemistry is the study of matter. MATTER is the scientific word for, well, stuff. Everything that we can touch is made up of matter, and chemists study how things that have matter interact with each other. 

Just like when you mix two paints together you get a whole new color... 


>> RACHEL: chemistry is the study of what happens when when different kinds of matter mix together.


Switch to the bottom of your mouth…


>> RACHEL: -and brush those front teeth too. 

Lots of chemists study the ELEMENTS. 


>> RACHEL: Elements are the building blocks that make up almost everything on Earth.  


>> RACHEL: You see elements every day, whether you realize it or not! Gold is an element, and so is silver! 

Chemistry studies these ELEMENTS, and what happens when you combine them in different ways. Like when you combine the element OXYGEN, and the element HYDROGEN, you get WATER.


>> RACHEL: Switch to the other side of the bottom of your mouth…


>> RACHEL: -but don’t brush too hard. 

Here’s one last riddle

I study all earth’s animals 

From elephants to mice 

Coyotes in the desert

And penguins on the ice

What kind of scientist is this? 

>> GROUP: A Zoologist

>> RACHEL: Zoologists study animals, and one place you find zoologists is, you guessed it, the zoo!


>> RACHEL: That’s it for Chompers, now all you have to do is…

>> KIDS: 3, 2, 1 spit! 


>> RACHEL: Chompers is a production of Gimlet Media.