CeCe Zeller Children's Author

Zeller Speller #23

Gold can be a noun or an adjective.

1) a yellow precious metal, the chemical element of atomic number 79, used especially in jewelry and decoration and to guarantee the value of currencies. (Symbol: Au) • [with modifier] an alloy of gold: 9-carat gold.

2) a deep lustrous yellow or yellow-brown color: her eyes were light green and flecked with gold.

3) coins or other articles made of gold: her ankles and wrists were glinting with gold.

Made of or colored like gold: gold earrings | the warm gold interior of the wood-lined church. (from New Oxford Dictionary online)

Fun things to do

Gold Nugget

1) Read the short story below about this precious metal

Gold facts for kids from Kids Encyclopedia Facts.

Gold is a soft, heavy, shiny metal. It is a chemical element. Its chemical symbol is Au. Its atomic number is 79. It has been used for many thousands of years by people all over the world, for jewelry, decoration, and as money. Gold is important because it is rare, but also easier to use than other rare metals. It is also used  to repair teeth and in electronic equipment such as computers. The color of this metal is also called gold.

Mining methods for gold are similar to other metals. Gold is so valued that the discovery of a new place to mine has sometimes caused a gold rush. Often, gold is found as a native element. This means it is not part of an ore, and does not need extracting. Most of the gold on earth is deep inside the earth’s core because it is dense. Nearly all discovered gold was deposited on the surface by meteorites.

Gold is very soft. A goldsmith can hammer it into thin metal sheets. It is also ductile, which means it can be pulled into wire. When it is used in money or in jewelry, it is often alloyed with silver or some other metal to make it harder.

Most metals are gray in color. Gold is yellow because of the way its electrons behave. The only other metal in common use that has a non-gray color is copper.

2) Go on a gold hunt. What do you have in your house that contains gold? You can go hunt for gold in your own home. Here’s some ideas to help you:

  • a ring
  • a necklace
  • a bracelet
  • Grandma or great grandma’s china
  • Grandma or great-grandma’s fancy drinking glasses
  • an expensive vase
  • earrings
  • a money clip
  • a watch
  • a trophy



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