For Teachers

Songs can be a great way to introduce content in science class
to support other activities, and to reinforce content previously
introduced. Music also grabs students who often tune out to other
formats, and helps address their multiple intelligences.

General ideas:

  • Make lyric sheets for your students, and have them learn a song that supports a curriculum that you are already using.
  • Let your students know that after a few listens, you will ask them
    to share something they’ve learned from the song about the subject
    matter.Use this information to conduct a discussion about the topic.
  • Have your students read along with the lyrics. Ask them what each verse is about, what it means.
  • Refer back to specific lines from a song as you are introducing information or concepts in a science lesson.
  • Have your students do drawings of scenes from the songs.
  • Act out a song

Rockin’ the Foundations of Science

We Don’t Wanna Go – Make a yearbook, including senior “photos” of extinct dinos, and the freshman class of mammals.Can also include handwritten messages from the dinos, nicknames, etc.Each student could be responsible for 1 or 2 pictures.Could also include “clubs” (carnivore club, herbivore club etc.)Most likely to succeed.

Arachnidae – Take a mister outdoors, and squirt spider webs. Funnel and round (orb) spider webs are usually very easy to find.Watch a spider spin web in a jar.

We Sail the Winds.Students act it out.Or have middle school students re-write the song as a rap.

One of These Days – Have students make illustrations of each of the “tough” animals mentioned in the song, and place them on a time line.

Shark’s in the House – Act out the drama of the song for another class or the school.Find out what different sharks eat.

The Banana Slug Song – Ask your students what they can tell you about banana slugs (and all gastropods) after hearing the song.

Fire! – discuss fire triangle.Make fire (candle) and see what happens when the fire triangle is broken.Use flint and steel to make sparks.

Laws of Physics – Have your students act out
Newton’s laws of motion as described in verse 1, entropy in verse 2 and
universal gravitation in verse 3.Do laws of motion experiments with
ramps and rolling things

Bloodsucking Friends – Students write a letter to the editor from a mosquito making a plea for blood.Ad for a magazine.Raise mosquitos in a jar and observe the 4 stages of complete metamorphosis.

Earthquake – Assign different groups in the class to act out different verses:

subduction zone, collision, etc.

National Champion Judger of Cows – Look up and/or research Galileo, Drew and Curie.

Rock Candy

Tornado Twist – Students do drawings of a twister, including compass directions, wind direction, hot and cold spots.

Bubba the Frog – Bring frogs into your classroom, or go observe them outdoors.

Undertakers – Put some food in a terrarium, and
watch the decomposing “undertakers” at work.See how long it takes to
turn into soil.Explore the fauna of a compost pile.

Rock of the Earth – Look at and learn to identify igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.Study the rock cycle.

Road Pizza Party – study condors.Role of scavengers.

Termite Flatulence – Write to the Rainforest Action
Network for more information.Do a fundraiser and send money to the
childrens rainforest in Costa Rica.

Groty Toes – Seek out fungi after a rain.Look at mycelium under logs.Have a fungus potluck, and eat foods with fungi in them.

Alien Gobbler – Students write a story of the story of a great battle between and “alien” (virus or bacteria) and the “alien gobbler”(white blood cells).

Gusano (I am a Worm) Start a worm bin.Observe the behavior of worms.Introduce worms to a terrarium, and observe the tunneling action.

Dancing With the Insects (Bailando con los Insectos) – Study parts of insects.Catch insects and observe in the classroom.

Food Chain Gang – Act out the food chain in the song.Have your students draw their own food chains.

CDS:Rockin’ the Foundations of Science and Rock Candy