Let’s talk how to integrate music and science. Student learning will steam ahead with science songs as part of your lessons.
STEAM AHEAD WITH SCIENCE SONGS
Let’s face it! Kids love singing songs about nature-bugs, plants, gardens, sunshine and more, and I know my students do too.
Whether you’re an Elementary Classroom Teacher or a Music Teacher, you can use songs with science topics to integrate more science “talk” and “activities” into your classrooms.
You can join in the STEM and STEAM movement in the music classroom.
Keep reading to learn all about the songs and activities you can use in your music classroom to help students make connections to science concepts.
Music and Movement are key elements to a child’s development.
Check out this blog post on Movement Activities and Learning and teaching strategies.
TEACHING STRATEGIES TO INTEGRATE MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
For Music Teachers, one thing I like to do is to find out when the first and second grade teachers are teaching about Nature or Insects.
Then introduce the spider song during that time. It’s been proven that teaching concepts through music speeds up learning and retention time.
Or if you’re a regular classroom teacher, you can pull the song out at the beginning, middle or end of your lesson and use it as an extension activity, or a brain break for your science unit.
USE HAND ACTIONS AND MOVEMENT
Using hand actions and singing together helps students in so many different ways.
Think about helping them develop literacy skills because movement will foster development of fine motor skills as little fingers skittle across the air.
Students will be making connections through repetition and connecting the actions with the vocabulary.
All science songs come sing along music tracks, literacy activities and coloring sheets.
STUDENT LED LEARNING ACTIVITIES
Students can create movements for the songs.
Students can listen to the song, learn the lyrics and then sing it a couple of times.
Have them read the lyrics, discuss the content and then make up moves to show the concepts.
You’ll want to use these “Buggy” themed activities with your science lessons.
This way you are helping your students stay active and focused!
Check out all of these Literacy and Movement Activities with Science based learning concepts.
DESERT HABITAT SONG “Coyote, Coyote”
DESERT HABITAT SONG It’s Hot in the Desert”
DESERT HABITAT SONG “Saguaro Cactus”
WEATHER SONG “It’s Just the Weather”
Finally, consider the fact that if you use upbeat and action oriented songs, your students will have fun during your science lessons.
And, student learning will SOAR with the information they’ve learned through singing and moving!
I hope you’ll use more music and movement science songs and Steam ahead through Music!
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