The helium in a balloon comes from the radioactive decay of the elements thorium and uranium. Video two in this series of 48 explores the element helium. The narrator discusses how humans use it, where it is found, how the United States is running out of it, and where we can find more  if that is possible. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • This is a great, short video to incorporate into a discussion about specific elements or the periodic table
Classroom Considerations

  • Video is appropriate for middle as well as high schoolers
  • A character from Star Wars, Land Calrissian, is referenced in the video. Scholars may not know who this is and may have questions

  • Turn on auto-translate in closed-captioning and the video can be viewed in many, many different languages
  • Narrator is witty, speaks quickly, and discusses interesting aspects of helium which engages all learners

  • None
Common Core